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Probation ordered in WaKeeney drug case





WaKEENEY — Without objection from the prosecutor, former WaKeeney school board president John A. Reeder was placed on three year’s probation in connection with two drug-related charges.

Reeder, 53, pleaded guilty in February to a single count of distribution of less than 25 grams of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. Both are felonies.

District Judge Glenn Braun sentenced Reeder to 22 months in prison on the distribution charge and 15 months in prison on the methamphetamine charge, ordering them to run consecutive.

“The court is going to grant the defense request for probation,” Braun said.

With that, he suspended the prison sentence and put Reeder on three year’s probation with community corrections.

Braun ordered Reeder to make contact with community corrections prior to leaving the courthouse.

“Your probation starts today,” he said.

Reeder was arrested in early January on a series of drug and weapons charges. As part of a plea agreement, seven other charges were dismissed.

Following Reeder’s agreement to plead guilty to the charges in February, Trego County commissioners voted to terminate its contract with Western Appraisal and Mapping, consequently terminating Reeder as the county appraiser.

Reeder subsequently has appealed his termination, and an administrative hearing on the issue is scheduled for later this month.