Printed on: January 17, 2013

I.F. man sentenced to 12 years in meth case

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

Still maintaining his innocence, an Idaho Falls man caught with 50 grams of methamphetamine was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Christopher W. Hudson to serve 12 years. But Hudson could be eligible for parole after serving two years.

Hudson, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of meth with intent to deliver. He entered an Alford plea. An Alford plea is entered when defendants do not think they are guilty of the charge but acknowledge there is enough evidence for a jury to convict them.

Hudson's arrest stemmed from a Sept. 22 incident when police found meth, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia -- including a pipe, scales and rolling paper -- in a van that Hudson was riding in, Idaho Falls police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said.

Fifty grams of meth is roughly the equivalent of 200 "highs," according to calculations used by the court.

Hudson said in court that the meth did not belong to him but admitted he "should not have been in that van or with those people." He told the judge he wanted to put the charge behind him and change his life once released from prison.

Hudson's charge of possession of meth with intent to deliver originally was a meth trafficking charge. It was amended down in exchange for his plea. An additional charge of injury to jail property also was dismissed as part of the agreement.

The September 2011 arrest was not Hudson's first drug charge. His past convictions include possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance

Before sentencing, Simpson acknowledged Hudson's history was "less than stellar" but said he thought the man's desire to change was sincere.

In addition to his prison sentence, Hudson must pay a $1,200 fine, court costs and restitution.

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