A 61-year-old Helena man was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Arthur Kuipers was identified as a meth dealer in 2010, and law enforcement officials purchased drugs from him four times, according to court records. They note that he usually obtained his drugs from various sources in Helena, but also imported it from California and Washington. They estimated he possessed and distributed about 260 grams of methamphetamine mixtures in the Helena area between 2010 and 2011.
While the mandatory minimum is five years and a pre-sentence report recommended Kuipers spend 100 months behind bars, his attorney, Michael Donahoe, asked U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy for leniency.
Donahoe said his client has not so much gained a new respect for the law, but instead has surrendered to the law. He noted that Kuipers has been “plagued” with substance abuse issues throughout his life, with the addiction resulting in lost opportunities, broken relationships and criminal
“Age, physical problems and genuine grief as he examines his life have led defendant to a sense of resignation and peace,” Donahoe wrote. “He wants his last years to be good years and he knows he must conform his conduct to the requirements of the law.
“… Mr. Kuipers has confided to me that he is ‘done with drugs.’ He just can’t take it anymore.”
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