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Jerry George sentenced

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chariton County Associate Circuit Judge Michel L. Midyett sentenced Jerry D. George, 38, of Gilliam, to varying terms of from three to 10 years in Missouri Department of Corrections at a hearing Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Saline County Courthouse.

Midyett then placed George in a 120-day institutional treatment program at DOC, to begin immediately. If George completes that program successfully, he could be released on probation by mid-summer 2009.

George is the son of Saline County Sheriff Wally George. The sheriff was not present at the sentencing hearing.

When George's attorney, Phillip D. Sachs, objected to the immediate incarceration of his client, Midyett reminded him that George was fully aware of that possibility and "has had plenty of time to put his affairs in order."

George was sentenced to 10 years for the class B felony of distribution, delivery, manufacture or production or attempt to or possession with intent to distribute, deliver or manufacture or produce a controlled substance.

He was further sentenced to four years for each of three class C felonies of possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone and Valium, and three years for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joby J. Raines, arguing for the state, said the seriousness of the charges against George warranted a stiff sentence.

"This was not a situation where the accused was just 'using,'" Raines said. "(This was) a more sophisticated, very serious situation, with cameras, drug scales, manufacturing tools "

Sachs argued for leniency for his client, suggesting he be kept in the community, where he has a job.

"He cooperated with police," Sachs said. "When he was arrested, he didn't try to hide. He's going to Narcotics Anonymous, has maintained full-time employment. It's totally inappropriate to give him 10 years."

Midyett pointed out the positives for George, citing his employment and high-school education as things that counted in his favor, but rejected Sach's argument that he'd been cooperative with police.

"(There was) some degree of cooperation," Midyett said, "but you wouldn't give the names of others who were involved."

Midyett added, "You were in the process of manufacturing. I have a problem agreeing that (it) was for your own use. That bothers me."

Speaking directly to George after the sentence was imposed, Midyett said, "Be successful in the (ITC) program. Take an interest in the program, so I'm assured you're not using or selling. I hope you are successful I think you will be."

George was arrested Aug. 31, 2007, and charged with six counts of felony possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture controlled substances. He pleaded guilty on Oct. 20, 2008; sentencing was delayed until after a presentencing investigation ordered by Midyett.

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Steelmagnolia, You are right. All of us need prayers from others in hard times and it shows that you are a person of genuine concern. And Thank You for you thoughts and prayers as I need a few of my own right now. I am not going to get into it all but I will tell you this. I am not in any trouble of any kind and i don't so much as drink alcohol. Just life events and it sickens me to see the people who are putting not only their lives on the line but anyone else who is within close proximity of them and their flippin addictions get so much sympathy. I am a good person too and getting kicked when i am already down. Drug addicts have a better chance at survival than i do at this point.

Happy New Year!

I really didn't mean to throw my comments like that directly to you. Thanks for listening

-- Posted by luckymomma on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 4:27 PM

It is amazing to me how a phrase as simple as "our prayers are with you" can spark such remarks!

I agree with all of you that there needs to be a much harsher penalty for these fools that continue to do meth, or any drug for that matter, after they get so many get out of jail free cards. However-just saying that doesn't change the fact that they don't stop!

I have had first hand experience with a meth head in our family. It was horrible! At first you think that maybe if you just show them you support them they will want to stop. Then you try being mean about it, that doesn't work. So you move on to being p@#*&#$ at them for being stupid, well that definitly doesn't work. In our family's case a divorce was the end result and now this person is in prison. I have no idea if it will help, probably not, they say it is even easier to get it in there. For me- there is no right answer.

I was NOT trying to start a huge battle about this, only voicing my personal feelings. That were not aimed at anyone!!!!

Luckymomma- my prayers go out to anyone and their family who are dealing with this. I just happen to know Jerry and his family, and when Jerry was clean he was a pretty nice guy. (I know-aren't they all). But-that is just my point, all of these men and women are someone's family, or friend. (and yes-I get it!) I also agree with you that until they want the help, it is a waste of time trying to push it on them!!

Until the justice system changes-this is all we can do about the meth mess - blog on a web page about our gripes with the whole mess.

-- Posted by Steelmagnolia on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 10:25 PM

Steelmagnolia, Are your prayers with randy arnold,kenny bellamy, billy joe bellamy, randy england's families or just Mr. George because he is the sheriff?? jUST CURIOUS

-- Posted by luckymomma on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 5:13 AM

This is where the system is jacked up! We need detterance! Now all the other meth cookers are gonna see that mr george got a measly 120 and more than likely that is all they would get if they get caught!! If mr george had rececived a harsher sentence then maybe we couild deter others!

-- Posted by luckymomma on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 7:39 PM

How does someone with FIVE felonies get 120 shock? I sure hope the probation officers keep him in check!

-- Posted by luckymomma on Tue, Dec 23, 2008, at 11:16 PM

Steelmagnolia, Don't worry Jerry will be out by summer and free to get right back on the stuff. Of course, he will complete the 120 shock. Why wouldn't he? This is just the courts way of giving him the a less than stiff punishment. And I love the way the paper pinted out he isn't a snitch....haha. Why would he want to do that?? He must have connections when he gets out.

I am all for people getting treatment but the person has to want it. I don't care how many times someone offers them help THEY have to want it. And I know personnaly about addictions. But the comes a time when tough love is called for. Yes it is hard on the famililies VERY HARD and i don't wish it on anyone but bailing them out everytime they get in trouble is not the way to go and neither is a light sentence such as a 120 shock for ANYONE who is making this crap.

This is where I believe the system is all wrong. A harsh sentence should be imposed the first time and then maybe we would see less repeat offenders and maybe over time we would get our loved ones back. The way we once knew them. Would I like it? No, but if it meant that when my family member got out they would be clean, then so be it I also think any drug offense should require a one year after care in a halfway house in which they must get a job and have daily drug testing.

So... I have been thrown those curve balls as well. In all actuality alot of famililies wish their loved ones would get caught so they would have to get clean but a few months in prison is not going to do the trick

I don't think people with addictions are throw aways, far from it. They are someone's mother, father, son, aunt brother, sister..... you get it. And they are deeply loved.

-- Posted by luckymomma on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 6:42 PM

You know there are alot of people that know completely what it is like to have a family member who is addicted. and you know what the biggest problem is??? they were not punished severely enough the FIRST TIME....And most likely mom and dad bailed them out. These families knew there was a problem way before now.

I have family members who have addictions and they are either completely drug free or in the penal institution.

My thoughts and prayers too the many innocent people whose lives have been forever changed due to the negligence of some poor truck driver driving down the road high on meth.

-- Posted by luckymomma on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 9:42 PM

Thank you two sides-you read my post correctly.

I realize however- that some people out there have the inability to realize that there are more people involved in these cases than just the one being punished. I expected nothing less when I posted.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

-- Posted by Steelmagnolia on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 12:36 PM

AMH, I don't think anyone is sticking up for drug dealers and users. Read her post again. Perhaps I am wrong, but, I read it as she is merely suggesting that the family members and loved ones of those affected by addiction (those users and dealers) have a difficult time ahead of them.

Might be a good idea to stop screaming at her. She's right.

-- Posted by two sides on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 9:04 AM

DIFFICULT TIME WHATEVER!!! IM GLAD HE IS IN THERE FOR THE TIME BEING!! GLAD PEOPLE LIKE YOU CAN STICK UP FOR DRUG DEALERS AND USERS WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO????!!!!

-- Posted by amh on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 7:23 PM

I agree that these offenders need to pay for their crimes first and foremost. I definitely do not want someone under the influence on the road with my children or myself.

However-have any of you posting judgement ever had to deal with a family member in this situation??? It really throws a curve ball into your perception of things.

Have you ever had to watch another family member deal with a spouse, or a child dealing with this addiction?? Once again--curve ball!!

I am NOT trying to sound holier-than-thou, only saying that if everyone had to put themselves in the shoes of some of these families for a while it may change your outlook. Maybe not, but you never know.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Sheriff George and his family during this difficult time.

-- Posted by Steelmagnolia on Sun, Dec 14, 2008, at 10:38 PM

IM WITH YOU LUCK MOMMA SHOULD OF BEEN ON THE FRONT PAGE THEY PROBABLY WANT IT ON LOW KEY!!!

-- Posted by amh on Sun, Dec 14, 2008, at 3:06 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
This story was on the front page.

YEA, HE HAS A JOB DRIVING A SEMI AND TESTED DIRTY ON A UA......YEA... KEEP HIM IN THE COMMUNITY...WHAT A JOKE. AND THAT WAS WHAT A YEAR AFTER THE INITIAL ARREST??? HE WILL BE OUT... WITHOUT A DOUBT.... WAS THIS ON THE FRONT PAGE??? I WOULD THINK THERE WOULD BE MORE COMMENTS. DIDN'T HIS GOOD OLE BOY DANNY GET MORE THAN THIS???

-- Posted by luckymomma on Sat, Dec 13, 2008, at 8:02 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
This story was on the front page, yes.

SERVES HIM RIGHT BUT IM SURE HE WILL BE OUT MY SUMMER CONSIDERING!!!!

-- Posted by amh on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 3:15 PM


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