FALLS CITY – District Judge Julie Smith stopped two months short of the maximum prison sentence for 33-year-old Ian Malcolm Tuesday and told the man new state laws may help him avoid incarceration in the future.
Malcolm was sentenced to 22 months for possession of methamphetamine followed by 12 months of post release supervision.
At sentencing, Deputy Richardson County Attorney Samantha Scheitel called Malcolm’s criminal record “very lengthy.” She said he has been adjudicated 35 times, has been on probation 11 times and prison three times.
Public Defender Bill Vonseggren noted that Malcolm has successfully completed probation in all but one case and said Malcolm has a positive employment record.
Malcolm said his best chance at rehabilitation is returning to work and trying to establish family relationships.
Judge Smith said the laws have changed since Malcolm was last in prison.
When people were released from prison in the past, she said, drug testing was ordered, but but not drug treatment.
Now, she said, post release supervision, coupled with prison time, increases the chance of success.