Colorado man gets probation in I-90 meth case

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Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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A Colorado man caught with methamphetamine, marijuana and his children on I-90 will spend the next six years on probation.

Kenneth Chapman, 31, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last Thursday for sentencing on felony charges of criminal possession of a dangerous drug and felony endangerment of the welfare of a child stemming from the April 3 traffic stop.

Chapman apologized to his children, who he said were impacted the most by the crime, and said he had reconnected with family in a positive way.

Judge Matt Wald said he was glad to hear Chapman acknowledge the victims and granted a joint plea agreement for a 6-year deferred sentence and more than $1,170 in fines and fees. Chapman must also abide by 31 court-imposed conditions for the duration of the six years.

If he stays out of trouble, Chapman can petition the court to have the felony convictions removed from his record.

Wald said the sentence allows Chapman to avoid a felony conviction on his record permanently, provides for community safety through his supervision and gives the court options should problems arise.

THE CASE

On April 3, shortly before 11 a.m., MHP Trooper John Metcalfe stopped Chapman’s car on I-90 for following another car too closely. When the trooper approached Chapman’s car, he smelled marijuana emanating from inside and saw a plastic tube on the passenger’s seat containing a marijuana leaf, according to court documents. There were also several cell phones on the front passenger seat.

Chapman told the trooper that he had rented the car for a road trip he had taken with his children to Idaho. The family was headed back to Colorado. On the rental receipt, the trooper saw that the car was rented on March 26 and was due back in Colorado on March 29, according to court documents.

Chapman’s children, ages 8 and 10, were with him.

A MHP K9 team responded and alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the car, according to court documents. At that point, Chapman said “there could be two pre-rolled marijuana joints in the car.”

A search warrant was obtained and found in the car were a scale and plastic bottle containing approximately 5.5 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana-infused candy, a marijuana pipe with residue and multiple marijuana joints.

Chapman’s children were taken into state custody at the time of the stop.

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