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October 19, 2013

Man gets deferred judgment in meth case

CLINTON — A district court judge granted a deferred judgment to a man involved in a Camanche meth lab.

Assistant County Attorney Amanda Meyers said in court Thursday that this charge is the first crime of real magnitude in Andrew Finn’s life. Finn, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture meth.

Meyers recommended a suspended sentence, telling Judge Gary McKenrick that Finn has been forthcoming and cooperative and has accepted responsibility. However, Finn’s attorney, Dana Copell, asked McKenrick for a deferred judgement, pointing out that most of his record revolves around substance abuse.

“Mr. Finn has a lot of positive strengths,” Copell said.

Copell motioned to the dozen people in the court room, saying that he also has a great deal of support to help him get his life around. The defendant hopes to return to school, once he is past his substance abuse issues. Copell said having a felony on his record could make getting loans difficult.

According to court documents, the Clinton and Camanche police conducted a search warrant on May 17 at 620 Third Ave., Camanche. Several people were arrested that day on meth charges. In a May 21 interview with police, Finn admitted to purchasing a total of 64.92 grams for Nathan Green and Kimberly Lane, for the purposes of manufacturing meth, according to the affidavit.

“I messed up a lot in my life in the past,” Finn said. He asked McKenrick to give him a second chance.

McKenrick agreed that Finn’s best opportunity would be a deferred judgement. He must complete two years of probation, pay a $750 civil penalty and court costs and fees, and receive substance abuse and mental health evaluations and treatment. He must also submit to random urinalysis screening. A charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth has been dismissed.

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