NEBRASKA CITY – A Nebraska City man, who was arrested after four inmates at the Otoe County jail named him as their source for methamphetamine, was sentenced Tuesday to six to eight years in prison.
Judge Michael Smith agreed with Defense Attorney Kevin Ryan that 34-year-old Roy Chase has made progress in drug and alcohol treatment, but the judge also agreed with Otoe County Attorney David Partsch regarding a criminal record that dates back to age 19 for Chase.
Smith: “All things considered, especially given the records in this case, and the record is long, the court will find that imprisonment of the defendant is necessary for the protection of the public because the risk is still substantial, based on that record, that you will engage in additional criminal conduct if placed on probation.”
Police arrested Chase after a Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team served a search warrant at his Fourth Corso residence. Three others at house were also arrested and authorities say 12 grams of meth was found.
At sentencing, Otoe County Attorney David Partsch asked for a sentence up to 12 years for attempted distribution of methamphetamine, saying Chase previously served a five-year sentence on a 2012 meth conviction.
Chase apologized for his actions and told Judge Smith he intends to keep moving forward with rehabilitation.
With good time, Chase would serve a minimum of three years.