CLINTON — A Clinton man was granted a suspended sentence Thursday for a felony drug charge.

Larry A. Schultz Jr., 49, 643 Sixth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing on a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a Class C felony.

Assistant Clinton County Attorney James McHugh recommended the court grant Schultz probation. McHugh stated he had originally planned on recommending the court impose a term of incarceration. He stated the recommendation contained in the pre-sentence investigation report and the positive steps Schultz had taken while on pre-trial release. McHugh stated with the progress made by Schultz, he was willing to give him a chance on probation.

Defense attorney Harold DeLange stated prior to Schultz’s progress on pre-trial release, incarceration was the most likely outcome. He said Schultz has taken the opportunity to get treatment while on pre-trial release. DeLange stated Schultz completed the King House program and attended Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He requested the court consider granting Schultz probation to continue with his rehabilitation.

Schultz stated he appreciated the opportunity to prove himself on pre-trial release prior to sentencing. He said being addicted to methamphetamine can be consuming. He stated he previously despised himself and could not look in the mirror.

“I don’t despise myself now,” Schultz said. “I’m proud of myself and that goes a long way. I don’t have a desire to do drugs.”

District Court Judge Joel Barrows ordered a sentence of incarceration not to exceed 10 years be suspended. He was fined $1,000. Barrows placed Schultz on probation for three years. Barrows ordered Schultz as conditions of probation to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and follow through with recommended treatment, abstain from controlled substances and alcohol, and maintain employment.

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