Prisciliano Lepe, also known as Jesus Rivas, age unknown, was sentenced to six years in prison today on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was arrested August 20 when the Sedalia Police Department’s S.T.I.N.G. Unit found over five grams of methamphetamine and $6,800 in his possession when serving a search warrant at his home on Fifth Street.
The defendant was found guilty at a trial conducted Jan. 15. At the sentencing hearing Friday, Pettis County Prosecutor Jeff Mittelhauser recommended an eight-year sentence, while the defendant requested probation. Saline County Associate Judge Hugh Harvey, hearing the case after the defendant requested a change of judge, imposed a six year sentence and denied the defendant’s request for probation.
Judge Harvey also sentenced the defendant to 180 days in jail on the misdemeanor offenses of identity theft and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
–Submitted by Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser