BEATRICE – A 49-year-old Wymore man will serve an up-front 90-day county jail sentence, and three-years-probation for attempted conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Roger Cline, Jr. was sentenced Wednesday by Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner. Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan said Cline had successfully completed the drug court program back in 2015.
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Cline’s attorney, Sanford Pollack said Cline is on disability, after being hospitalized and having undergone surgeries for a health condition.
Judge Schreiner noted that Cline had received methamphetamine from another alleged dealer, then sold it to his son. The judge said Cline had stopped using meth after completing drug court, but then became a user again.
Schreiner says it bothers him that the Southeast Nebraska Drug Court asks counties for funding each year, but then some participants don’t follow through.
The prosecution had asked for a sentence of at least one year in prison. Schreiner said the state made a good argument for prison.
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The three-year term of probation includes payment of court costs. On the class two-A felony conviction, Cline could have received up to twenty years in prison.