FREMONT – A Fremont man was sentenced to over a year of prison time in District Court Monday morning.
Nathan D. Peterson, age 39, appeared in Dodge County District Court on Monday to receive sentencing for the charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, to which he previously pleaded guilty. The offense is a Class IV Felony and County Attorney Oliver Glass says the Legislature has arranged what is called presumption of probation in concern to these felonies.
“Current state of the law on these Class IV felonies, you can only do up to two years in prison on them,” explained Glass. “But they have what the Legislature calls a presumption of probation. And that has to do with rehabilitation and keeping people out of prison. But this guy had such a bad criminal history, and he had new drug charges that we filed while awaiting sentencing on this one.”
Glass adds that due to Peterson’s extensive criminal history, and the new charges, they made an argument to refute the presumption of probation.
“We actually rebutted the presumption of probation. We indicated to the court that he had been to the penitentiary before, and that he had a very lengthy criminal history,” said Glass. “And that he had received those new drug charges while awaiting sentencing on this one. We thought that was enough to rebut the presumption of probation, and Judge Sampson agreed.”
Judge Sampson sentenced Peterson to 20 months in prison along with 12 months of post-release supervision.