KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
3:10 PM CST, January 15, 2013
(ROOKS COUNTY, Kan.)
Former Rooks County Sheriff Randy Axelson will spend the next four years in prison. A judge sentenced him Tuesday for distributing methamphetamine. Axelson previously pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine and to distributing meth near school grounds.
Axelson was arrested by KBI agents in December of 2011 and charged with nine counts. He pleaded guilty to four felony counts. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the other five charges and recommended Axelson serve more than five years in prison.
Before handing down the sentence, the judge heard from a variety of witnesses. His wife and sisters told the judge that Axelson should get probation so he can be available to care for his 19-year-old daughter who has special needs.
The judge decided on prison time, 49 months. Axelson will be housed in the Ellis County jail and then will be transferred to the Department of Corrections.
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