Three were sentenced to prison in separate cases involving drugs during Dodge County District Court hearings earlier this week.
Marty Spor, 23, was sentenced to two years in prison on a class IV felony charge of possession of the controlled substance tetrahydrocannabinol. Spor was arrested in January 2018 after the drug was discovered during a search by the III Corps Drug Task Force.
Spor, who pleaded to the charge in exchange for several others getting dropped back in September, was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 19. But the sentence was delayed after discussion as to whether Spor should receive probation.
Class IV felonies usually carry a “presumption of probation,” which assumes the individual will receive probation in lieu of a prison sentence unless there are substantial reasons otherwise.
During a pre-sentence investigation ahead of the November sentencing date, Deputy Dodge County Attorney Emily Beamis noted that Spor seemed uninterested in probation and indicated that the state would be seeking an 18-month prison sentence.
After Spor’s attorney, Jim Dake, argued that the Spor did in fact want probation and was seeking treatment for substance abuse, District Court Judge Geoffrey Hall continued the sentencing, indicating that he’d only give Spor probation “if I see some progress,” he said.
In court this past Monday, Beamis said that “the defendant has done nothing in regard to treatment,” since the last court date.
“He has continued to indicate to this court that he does not want probation,” Beamis said.
Dake indicated that Spor has been working and has acknowledged that he needs to address the “problems that bring him before the court today.”
Hall ultimately sentenced Sport to two years in prison, along with nine months of post-release supervision. He will receive credit for 130 days time served.
Also in court on Monday, Jeffrey Collins, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and will go to prison for year, as part of an agreement with the state.
Collins was arrested in October after he was searched by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, as part of a pat down initiated after a deputy made contact with him and a female he was with who had active warrants.
Collins will also get nine months of post-release supervision. He receives credit for 100 days previously served.
And Sabrina King, 30, was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of possession of a controlled substance, also a class IV felony. That sentence was set to run concurrent to any sentence administered in a pending case in Douglas County District Court.
In that case, King pleaded no contest to class II felony charge of attempting to possess a deadly weapon as a prohibited felony. She was sentenced to one to two years in prison on Dec. 18.
In the Dodge County case, King was arrested in July during a search conducted by the III Corps Drug Task Force in Fremont.