34-year-old gets 21 years for GI area drug conspiracy

2012-09-12T23:00:00Z 34-year-old gets 21 years for GI area drug conspiracyBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

A judge in Lincoln has sentenced a 34-year-old to more than 21 years in federal prison for a methamphetamine conspiracy in the Grand Island area.

Michael Clauff pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

At a hearing in April, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Mohlsen said Clauff began selling drugs in Hall County in early 2010, eventually buying half-pounds of meth every three days.

In court Wednesday in Lincoln, Clauff's attorney, James McGough, said he had a tough childhood, started raising himself at age 10 and by 16 was living on the streets and using meth.

He said it's clear Clauff has a drug problem.

In the end, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf sentenced Clauff to 21 years and 10 months in prison and recommended he get intensive drug treatment. He will be subject to five years of supervised release when he gets out.


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