A Blair man who was found with methamphetamine during a traffic stop was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Philip Pokorny pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

Judge John E. Samson sentenced Pokorny to 16 months in prison and 12 months post-release supervision.

Prior to sentencing, Porkorny's attorney, Brad Nick of Fremont, asked for a term of probation. Nick said his client had not been in trouble with the law for the last 12 years and his previous criminal history stemmed from drug and alcohol issues.

“The proof is usually in the pudding if someone is reformed,” Nick said.

While Samson was concerned with Pokorny's criminal record, he said his drug use was more concerning. During a substance abuse evaluation, which Pokorny only received a day before the sentence, Pokorny admitted to smoking meth a week earlier.

“It appears to me your substance abuse issue hasn't been a high priority,” Samson told Pokorny.

Pokorny also tested positive for meth during the presentence investigation. Though he told a probation officer he hadn't used.

“Your criminal record and what I would describe as your mendacious behavior with the probation office — meaning you weren't truthful as you should have been — is concerning to me,” Samson said.

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