Austin man sentenced in drug case

Published 10:05 am Sunday, October 29, 2017

Christopher James Boettcher, 50, of Austin was sentenced Thursday in Mower County District Court after pleading guilty June 19, to felony fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor fourth-degree driving under the influence of a controlled substance as part of a plea agreement.

District Court Judge Christa Daily stayed the imposition of a sentence on the felony, giving Boettcher five years of supervised probation with more than 20 conditions.

On the misdemeanor, Boettcher was sentenced to 78 days in jall with credit for 78 days of time served.

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He also must do 80 hours of sentence to service and 180 days in jail with credit for 86 days of time served. That jail time can be spent in treatment.

Boettcher was arrested after an Austin Police officer made a traffic stop of the Toyota Camry Boettcher was driving on West Oakland Avenue. Boettcher has a suspended license and the officer determined he was under the influence of drugs, found a methamphetamine pipe in a small black bag. Mower County Jail staff found a 3.5 gram bag of meth in his possession.