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October 25, 2013

Devries sentenced for meth

CLINTON — A Clinton man received a 10-year prison term Thursday for manufacturing methamphetamine in a home with a 4-year-old child.

Jason K. Devries, 32, 2223 N. Sixth St., in September pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacturing meth, possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture meth and one count of child endangerment. Two counts of child endangerment were dismissed.

Devries on Thursday received 10 years for the class C felony conspiracy charge, five years for the possession of precursor charge and five years for the child endangerment charge, both of which are class D felonies.

Prosecuting attorney Amanda Myers, on behalf of the state, requested the terms be served concurrently.

While Devries appears to have a stable work history, she noted his prior felony conviction in 2002 that stemmed from drugs.

“It does appear that he has a pretty substantial substance abuse issue,” Myers said. “The state feels that a term of incarceration will help him to get clean and maybe chage his priorities a bit so that when he does get out he would have the best opportunity to move forward.”

Devries admitted between March 1 and June 4, he knowingly and intentionally manufactured meth and possessed pseudoephedrine. According to court documents, a search warrant was executed on June 4 at his residence, revealing several items related to manufacturing meth in the bedroom.

Officers also recovered more than five grams of substances or a mixture of substances containing suspected meth or byproduct.

Defense attorney Ryan Gerdes called Devries a contributing member of society, albeit one struggling with a substance-abuse problem.

“While Jason takes full responsibility for his actions, it’s our opinion that many of his issues are born of a serious substance abuse problem,” Gerdes said.

Devries will be required to serve the mandatory minimum sentence of three years and four months.

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