Blue Springs Man Sentenced to Nine Years in State Prison

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.

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