BEATRICE – A Blue Springs man has been ordered to serve nine years in state prison, after being convicted of four charges.
57-year-old Whitney Hopkins will also serve post-release supervision totaling 54 months. He was convicted in Gage County District Court of possession of methamphetamine, aiding in the commission of a felony, intentional child abuse that did not cause injury, and tampering with a witness.
Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner ordered that the sentences for each crime run consecutively, along with consecutive post-release supervision terms.
Hopkins entered two guilty pleas and two no contest pleas, to the charges.
Hopkins could become eligible for parole in four-and-a-quarter years. He was given credit for 162 days spent in jail. As part of a plea agreement, the state did not seek to declare Hopkins an habitual criminal.
Hopkins was arrested last July, following a Gage County Sheriff’s officer’s investigation into suspicious activity in the area of South 148th and Sargent Road. The officer later contacted Hopkins at a fueling station along U.S. Highway 136, east of Beatrice. A sheriff’s office K-9 brought to the scene detected the presence of narcotics in the trunk of the vehicle. Six small bags of methamphetamine were recovered in a search.
At the time, Hopkins was on a federal probation term for a conviction of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.