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Plea agreement reached in WaKeeney drug case

2/26/2014

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

WaKEENEY -- Former WaKeeney school board president John A. Reeder pleaded guilty Tuesday in Trego County District Court to charges stemming from his arrest in early January on drug and weapons charges.

Prosecutor Kimberly King signed off on the agreement just moments before a preliminary hearing for Reeder was scheduled to begin.

After waiving his preliminary hearing, Reeder, 53, pleaded guilty to felony counts of distribution of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.

Seven other criminal charges either were or will be dismissed when Reeder appears for sentencing in April.

The possession of methamphetamine is unchanged from one originally filed, but the distribution of marijuana charge was reduced from what first was filed.

After asking a number of questions of Reeder, District Judge Glenn Braun accepted the two guilty pleas.

Reeder first had to tell Braun why his plea should be accepted.

"I was in possession of methamphetamine, and I was involved in the distribution of marijuana," Reeder told Braun.

King, a special assistant attorney general, didn't think that was enough and told of how a search warrant was served in WaKeeney, where marijuana was found. The resident told authorities the marijuana was brought to WaKeeney from Colorado by Reeder.

She went on to say a search warrant found marijuana and methamphetamine Reeder said was his.

Braun ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for April 8.