WILMINGTON — A Blanchester man was sentenced to one year of prison Wednesday for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, specifically methamphetamines.
The sentence was part of a negotiated settlement between public defenders and prosecutors, though Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck said he was looking for an acceptable alternative that wouldn’t burden the prison system.
The STAR Community Justice Center, however, said Napier wasn’t a suitable candidate due to medical issues.
Napier and Public Defender Rob Baker said Napier had sought out recovery services on his own.
Napier said he even had his first class at Solutions Counseling and Recovery Centers Tuesday, the day before his sentencing and after several assessments.
“I’m hopeful that your honor will let me get clean,” Napier said. “Let me go through the steps in the program so I can be a person in the community that can help out instead of being a hindrance.”
While sentencing Napier, Rudduck said, “I hope you stay true to your desire to try to get some help because there are programs in prison.”
Rudduck said many inmates can get credit by taking part in prison recovery programs and encouraged Napier to use them.
According to assistant Clinton County prosecutor Matthew Suellentrop, Napier had a previous possession of drugs sentence and a previous aggravated trafficking in drugs sentence. Suellentrop also said Napier had been arrested for alleged robbery, though he wasn’t aware of whether Napier had been found guilty.
Napier may be placed on post-release control for three years upon release from prison.
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