Latest news: 12-25-08
President Bush commutes sentence for meth dealer
Before leaving Washington, D.C. this week for the holidays, Pres. George W. Bush commuted the prison sentence of a convicted Des Moines drug dealer.
Reed Raymond Prior, the Des Moines man commuted by Bush, was convicted after he pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. At the time of Prior’s arrest in 1995, law enforcement officers seized a total of 869 grams of meth from Prior’s storage unit and vehicle, a scale, various drug paraphernalia and $17,690 in cash.
Deputy must report on husband's meth use
The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy cannot rely on the marital communications privilege to exclude evidence that she knew and failed to report that her husband—also a deputy—was stealing and using methamphetamine.
Concluding that Astrid Megan Reynolds’ duty to report her husband’s conduct trumped any statutory or constitutional privilege attaching to a conversation in which he admitted to the thefts and drug use, Div. Two affirmed a trial court’s order reinstating disciplinary measures against Reynolds.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department began a personnel and a criminal investigation into Reynolds’ husband, James Reynolds, in 2003 based on tip that James Reynolds was stealing methamphetamine from people he arrested and from other deputies who had seized the drug. James Reynolds was later apprehended during a sting operation.
Meth sentence: At least five years behind bars
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A Priest River man has been sent to prison for up to 10 years for his involvement in a methamphetamine laboratory. Robert Dale Coleman, 54, must spend at least five years behind bars before he's eligible for parole, according to his sentence handed down in 1st District Court on Tuesday.
Coleman was arrested in June 2007 at a home in this northern Idaho timber town where police say they found a methamphetamine laboratory. Another man, Colemon David Hamilton, was also arrested at the time and has since been sentenced on separate methamphetamine-related charges. The case stemming from Hamilton's 2007 arrest was dismissed as a part of a plea agreement.
Robert Dale Coleman insisted throughout his trial that he was innocent and had only arrived at the residence to fix a truck.