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Cherokee man gets 12 years on meth charges

Monday, April 12, 2010

SIOUX CITY (AP) -- A federal judge in Sioux City has sentenced a man from Cherokee to more than 12 years in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

In Thursday's hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Donald O'Brien sentenced 27-year-old Robert Joseph Hare to a total of 147 months in prison, to be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release.

Hare pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiring to manufacture and deliver the drug.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, in his plea agreement, Hare said that from October of 2005 until February of last year he and others manufactured and sold meth within 1,000 feet of the Early Childhood Learning Center in Cherokee.

Hare was previously convicted in Cherokee County in 2005 for distribution of marijuana to persons under age 18.

Hare is being held in U.S. Marshal's custody until he can be taken to a federal prison.

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