Wednesday the 17th was a busy day in Hodgeman County District Court as District Judge Bruce Gatterman heard several cases of interest.
Kelly R. Clarke was sentenced on a charge of possession of methamphetamine stemming from search warrants executed by the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force on June 19th. Clarke qualified for sentencing under what is commonly referred to as a “Senate Bill 123” case which allows qualifying drug offenders to receive court ordered substance abuse treatment and probation in lieu of prison time. He was ordered into substance abuse treatment and received 18 months of supervised probation by Community Corrections with an underlying sentence of 11 months in the custody of the Department of Corrections if he fails to successfully complete probation.
Theresa Otterstein pled “no contest” to drug charges stemming from a search warrant executed by the Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Kansas Drug Task Force on February 2nd. Otterstein plead to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Alprazolam and possession of Methylphenidate and received a sentence of 12 months confinement in the Hodgeman County Jail on each charge with the sentences to run concurrently. Her jail sentence was suspended and she was placed on 12 months supervised probation by Court Services. Her co-defendant in this case, Richard E. Pool, had entered a plea of “no contest” to the same charges in July and had been sentenced to 12 months in the Hodgeman County Jail on the paraphernalia charge and 6 months in jail on each of the two prescription drug charges. His sentence was also suspended by the court and he was placed on 12 months on supervised probation by Court Services.