New Era man sentenced to prison for dealing meth at EF.

January 13, 2020

Levi Richard, left, with attorney Rick Prysock.

New Era man sentenced to prison for dealing meth at EF.

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By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 22-year-old New Era man was sentenced to two to 20 years in prison in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 13, for a conviction of delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine.

Levi Alan Richard, of 3591 S. Water Rd., pleaded guilty Nov. 4.

Richard previously testified that he was arrested at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury last June after selling meth to an undercover officer.

In exchange for his plea, a second count of delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine was dismissed along with a separate file charging him with possession.

Judge Robert D. Springstead said he’s “leaning toward” not opposing Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) or “boot camp” after Richard serves “a certain amount of time” in prison.

Richard said that he had a quarter ounce of meth at the festival. “A friend asked me if I could do them a favor and get some stuff for someone else. They gave them my number.”

Richard said he sold 3.5 grams for $300.

When asked where he acquired the meth, Richard said he got it in Muskegon. Richard said he did not deal meth regularly. “I did it to support my own habit.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 36-60 months. Richard received credit for 162 days served in jail.

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