A rural Douglas County man who was found in possession of 189 grams of methamphetamine will spend three and a half years in prison.
Michael Paul Flemming, 34, pleaded no contest Jan. 22 in Douglas County Circuit Court to one count of party to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Felony counts of party to possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child were dismissed.
On Tuesday, April 9, he was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge George Glonek to three and a half years of initial confinement and five and a half years of extended supervision.
Although Flemming has no prior criminal record and acknowledged responsibility, Glonek said that the case involved a significant amount of methamphetamine and the possession of multiple firearms.
Probation would depreciate the seriousness of the crime, the judge said, and Flemming, who has a long history of drug use, could get treatment through the prison system.
Flemming is eligible for both the challenge incarceration and substance abuse programs while in prison. If he completes one of them, he would be released to extended supervision within 30 days. Any remaining prison time would be added to the extended supervision portion of the sentence.
According to the criminal complaint, members of the Superior Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants for Flemming's vehicle, Superior workplace and town of Oakland home Feb. 23. They found 78 grams of methamphetamine and $2,140 in his vehicle.
Flemming admitted to officers that he was a methamphetamine user and that he sold the drug to support his habit.
At Flemming's home on South Jacksino Road, officers found about a quarter-pound of methamphetamine in a shoebox in the closet and $4,499 in a nearby purse. A loaded revolver and drug paraphernalia were in plain view on a coffee table and numerous additional guns were found in a gun safe, the purse and under couch cushions. Also at the house were Jessica Ann Flemming, 33, and a 4-year-old child.
Jessica Flemming pleaded no contest Feb. 25 in Douglas County Circuit Court to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and party to felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Felony counts of repeater neglecting a child and repeater possession of a firearm by a felon were dismissed but read in for sentencing.
A sentencing hearing for Jessica Flemming is set for April 18. Both remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, April 11, according to the jail roster.