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GARNER | A Garner man who pleaded guilty to possessing meth after a traffic stop in mid-October has been sentenced to prison. 

In November, Sam William Velau, 54, pleaded guilty in Hancock County to amended charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, third offense, and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated — first offense.

Charges of driving while barred and possession of marijuana — third or subsequent offense — were dismissed through a plea agreement. 

In December, Velau was sentenced to a prison term not to exceed five years and two days in jail, which will be served concurrently. He was also fined $2,250. 

His prison sentence will be served consecutively with one from Cerro Gordo County for possession of meth, third offense as a habitual offender. In 2015, Velau was sentenced to a prison term not to exceed 15 years on those charges, according to court documents, and must serve at least three years of that sentence. 

— Ashley Stewart

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