COLUMBUS — A 21-year-old Columbus man who was caught with drugs mailed to him by his girlfriend while he was serving time in the county jail was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison.

Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke told Ethan Vesely he was rejecting probation and sentencing the defendant to prison because he had shown no real, sincere motivation to address a longstanding problem with drug addiction.

“There is a strong possibility if you were placed on probation you would continue your unlawful behavior,” Steinke told the father of one child. “You’ll just have to deal with that (addiction) as you go down the road.”

Vesely pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting the distribution of drugs after his girlfriend Rachel Hayward mailed him a greeting card containing a controlled amphetamine while he was incarcerated.

The Class 3A felony was punishable by up to three years in prison, 18 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine.

Steinke sentenced Vesely to one year of post-release supervision and gave the defendant credit for 26 days already served in the case.

Hayward was sentenced to a year in the county jail in the case.

On Friday, Steinke said Vesely has spent the last 18 months struggling with his drug addiction, beginning with his sentencing in April 2016 to a year in jail for possession with intent to deliver meth.

“Within less than a year, you committed the offenses in this case,” Steinke said.

On Aug. 23, while awaiting sentencing in the local case, Vesely was arrested in Dodge County on meth charges.


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