Springer sentenced for lithium possession

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A 25-year-old man with Spencer and Milford ties has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for a class D felony charge of possessing lithium with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Josh Springer pleaded guilty to the charge on July 30, in the Clay County Courthouse, and was sentenced by District 3A Judge David A. Lester.

Additional charges of conspiracy to manufacture meth, first degree harassment, driving while barred and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to Clay County Attorney Mike Houchins.

The initial lithium possession charge stemmed from a traffic stop on Oct. 18, 2011. Springer's license was suspended at the time and he had two active Dallas County arrest warrants for assault causing bodily injury and failure to appear. A search warrant on Springer's vehicle yielded the seizure of lithium.

He was charged with the additional class C felony charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth on March 30.

Springer was transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. He is entitled to credit for time served in the Clay County Jail.

"The court publicly announces that the defendant's term of incarceration may be reduced by as much as half of the maximum sentence because of statutory good conduct time, work credits and program credits," according to court documents.

A $1,000 fine and $350 surcharge will be suspended in full. Springer was ordered to pay court costs totaling $906.07, restitution for his court-appointed attorney, a $125 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge and $10 Drug Abuse Resistance Education surcharge.