Ginther sentenced to treatment

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A Craig man who pleaded guilty in March to methamphetamine distribution will spend the next year in a drug treatment facility, a judge ruled Monday.

Clinton David Ginther, 23, of Craig, will leave this week for a live-in treatment facility on the Front Range, his lawyer said in court Monday.

Ginther was one of 15 people arrested in December during one of the biggest meth sweeps in Moffat County history. All 15 were charged with distribution and possession of meth.

Ginther had been in Moffat County Jail since his arrest before being released Monday.

Chief District Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Ginther to four years of supervised probation Monday. The first year of Ginther's probation will be spent in treatment.

In March, Ginther pleaded guilty to felony meth distribution, a crime that could have sent him to prison for 16 years.

The guilty plea was part of an agreement with the District Attorney's Off--ice. In exchange for pleading guilty to the most serious charge against him, prosecutors drop----ped meth possession charges and stipulated that Ginther would avoid a prison sentence. Under the agreement, if Ginther violates probation, he faces 16 years in prison, followed by five years of parole.

O'Hara said that if Ginther violated probation, the court would have no choice but to send him to jail.

"You're getting a significant benefit here," O'Hara told Ginther. "But it requires a lot of work on your part."

When given the chance to address the court, Ginther apologized for his crime.

"I'd just like to say that I'm sorry for what I've done," Ginther said.

O'Hara said part of the reason he was willing to sentence Ginther to probation and treatment was because Ginther had a great deal of support from his family, who has recruited sponsors to pay for Ginther's stay at the private treatment facility.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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