Iolan sentenced for selling drugs


February 2, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Iolan Anthony J. Hulett, 50, will spend the next 18 months in prison for selling methamphetamine.
Hulett’s sentence was handed down Monday by Allen County District Judge Daniel Creitz.
Hulett pleaded guilty in January for selling methamphetamine on three separate occasions last year to an informant for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Creitz rejected Hulett’s request to suspend the prison sentence and place him on probation instead.
Kansas sentencing guidelines for selling methamphetamine called for the prison sentence.
John Gillett, Hulett’s attorney, noted that Hulett had never been convicted of a felony before January and had shown remorse.
Those comments were disputed by Steven W. Wilhoft, an attorney speaking for the prosecution, who said that Hulett had been placed on probation twice before for misdemeanor convictions, which had apparently done little to rehabilitate the defendant.
Creitz sided with prosecutors in opting for the prison sentence. Creitz also rejected a motion from the defense to delay the prison sentence a week in order for Hulett to get his personal affairs in order.
Wilhoft said delaying the prison sentence would make Hulett a flight risk.

IN OTHER cases:
Cher C. Clark, 41, LaHarpe, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for 12 months probation, for a felony count of writing worthless checks. Clark has been convicted of passing nearly $10,000 in worthless checks in Allen and neighboring counties, prosecutors said. Creitz declined to set a fine for Clark, instead noting that she must continue to pay restitution to her victims.
Jerry R. Ingroum, 18, Iola, was sentenced to seven months and six months, respectively, for a pair of vehicle burglary convictions. Those sentences were suspended for 12 months probation. Ingroum was convicted last month of burglarizing several vehicles in September.
Kenneth Springston, 53, Iola, pleaded no contest to a third offense for driving while intoxicated. Creitz ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for March 22.
Aaron C. Hutton, 26, Iola, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted battery of a law enforcement officer. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors amended the charge from a count of aggravated assault. Hutton admitted to driving his vehicle in the direction of former Allen County Undersheriff Shannon Moore during a traffic stop Sept. 13. Creitz ordered a presentence investigation and will hand down sentencing March 1.
Clayton M. Smith, 22, Yates Center, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine. Smith was arrested May 22 after officers arrested a passenger in his pickup for shoplifting. During the stop, officers searched the truck and uncovered what proved to be methamphetamine. Smith was not implicated in the shoplifting charge. Creitz will decide on Smith sentences March 22, following a presentence investigation.
Jack D. Knoblock, 74, pleaded no contest to a charge of driving while intoxicated (fourth or subsequent offense). Creitz will decide Knoblock’s sentence March 1, following a presentence investigation. Knoblock was arrested May 11.

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