sentenced to 15 years on conspiracy charge
Wanda English Burnett
hearing from Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, defense attorney
Bill Dillon, a pre-sentence investigation report, and the defendant
himself, Judge Carl Taul sentenced Jason Q. Daugherty, 33, of
Versailles, to 15 years in prison.
It wasnt necessarily the recommendation of the probation
pre-sentence report or the defense attorney, but the prosecutor
was happy with it. I think the Judge gave the case a lot
of consideration, Hertel told the Osgood Journal just
after the sentence came down on Monday afternoon in Ripley County
Dillon asked of the judge, Do you put them (drug addicts)
in jail and throw away the key? He said he felt that through
the right kind of treatment his client could be a productive
member of society.
The sentence was given after a jury found Daugherty guilty on
a Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth on September 30. However, Daugherty
did not attend the last day of trial and police had to round
him up for the sentencing.
Judge Taul told the defendant, Frankly, Mr. Daugherty,
theres not a lot that leads me to believe that probation
would be good for you.
The Judge cited several probation revocations Daugherty had
on his prior criminal history record. He said while Daughertys
criminal history is not severe, its lengthy. He also noted
that he felt due to the fact the defendant owes more than $30,000
in back child support, picked up an additional criminal charge
while on probation, that he doesnt respect the court or
the legal system.
He ordered that the balance of the $5,000 bond paid by Daugherty
would go to his children for child support arrears, after administrative
fees were taken out.
Dillon had asked for a more lenient sentence saying that his
client was addicted to drugs and had never had the chance for
rehabilitation. While Daugherty did not take the stand during
trial, he did speak at the sentencing hearing. When asked why
he cooked meth, he replied, To feed my habit. A
habit he says he still struggles with. He told the court the
reason he didnt show up for the last day of trial was
to get high.
The court would hear that Daugherty has had a drug problem since
high school when he used marijuana and some meth. While it wasnt
crippling in the early part of his life after school, he became
a heavier user of meth and by 2006 was in serious trouble with
the drug habit.
The Judge said I cannot ignore reality, and told
the defendant through programs of the legal system, he could
possibly have his prison sentence reduced by half. But, he would
have to avail himself to the GED program, furthering education
and have good behavior.
Two Ripley County Jail employees escorted the defendant along
to court from the Ripley County Jail, with Chief Deputy David