The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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July 11, 2014

Probation violation extends supervision

Correction: In the July 11 edition of the Clinton Herald, this story contained inaccurate information. The narcotics charges relating to Lucas McNulty Snodgrass’ probation sentencing were not related to a methamphetamine addiction as written in the article. They stemmed from an addiction to a narcotic and possession of a controlled substance. The online version of this article has been updated to reflect the correction.


A June 18 trespassing arrest of 21-year-old Lucas McNulty-Snodgrass may normally have been a minor offense in the eyes of Iowa Judicial District 7 judge Stuart Werling. As it violated Snodgrass’ probation agreement, Werling found Snodgrass in contempt during his probation revocation hearing on Thursday, sentencing him to 180 days of jail and extending the terms of his probation through 2016.

The original probation was set to expire this September. It stemmed from 2012 guilty pleas for possession of a controlled substance, a controlled substance violation and using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense.

The state, represented by assistant Clinton County Attorney James McHugh, sought a much stiffer penalty — 10 years incarceration based on Snodgrass’ original suspended sentence.

“We gave (Snodgrass) a second chance,” McHugh said. “This is where we find ourselves back in court.”

Snodgrass appeared before the court in orange prison attire and handcuffs, as a family member watched the hearing behind him. He told Werling he accepted the consequences the court finds.

“I’d just like to apologize to my family,” Snodgrass said. “I accept responsibility for what I did.”

McHugh alleged that the June incident was related to Snodgrass’ addiction to narcotics. He presented a letter from Snodgrass’ treatment facility that indicated rehab was not going well. McHugh concluded there was a pattern of behavior leading up to the trespassing.

“Prior to this incident, there were other signs indicating,” McHugh said.

Snodgrass’ attorney Clayton Grueb said that unsuccessful attempts to find work and the stressful rehab process caused Snodgrass to “fall back to old habits.”

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