A 39-year-old Rathbun man in less than a six month span has been sentenced for methamphetamine drug convictions in Wapello and Appanoose counties.
The criminal case in Wapello County was adjudicated before the Appanoose County case. At the time of the defendant’s arrest in Wapello County he was on pre-trial release for the case in Appanoose County.
On March 19, 2013 a pre-trial report of violation was filed in Appanoose County against Richard Dean Driver. The violation report states Driver on March 14, 2013 was arrested in Wapello County and charged with possession of meth, enhanced, disarming a police officer of a dangerous weapon, a class D felony, possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of meth, a class B felony and interference with official acts, an aggravated misdemeanor.
The pre-trial violation was filed against Driver because he was arrested in Centerville on June 4, 2012 at approximately 7:24 p.m. in the 1100 block of South 16th Street and charged with possession of nine grams of meth and various drug paraphernalia.
Judge Lucy J. Gamon in Wapello County court accepted Driver’s negotiated, voluntary guilty plea and on Sept. 3, 2013 sentenced him to 10 years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, 180 days in a residential treatment facility and a fine on the lesser charge of delivery of meth, a class C felony. Driver was originally charged with a class B felony controlled substance violation.
Driver was ordered to pay $3,621.35. He still owes $3,606.35.
The court in Wapello County dismissed two class D felonies and one aggravated misdemeanor charge against Driver per the plea agreement.
Driver on Feb. 24 was sentenced by Judge Daniel P. Wison in Appanoose County to 10 years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the Eighth Judicial District of Correctional Services and a fine, suspended, on the charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class C felony.