A Blue Springs man who sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant, whom he later threatened, was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.
Lynn J. Replogle, 42, was sentenced to 36 to 60 months in prison for two charges of attempted distribution of a controlled substance and 12 months for attempted tampering with a witness. All charges stem from 2016 incidences.
Gage County Court documents state that in December of 2016, Replogle was arrested on multiple charges for delivering a controlled substance after a confidential informant made controlled buys of methamphetamine and marijuana from him.
On Dec. 11, Replogle sent the confidential informant a Facebook message indicating he knew the informant was the one who made the controlled buys under the guidance of the Sheriff’s Office.
Gage County Court documents state the informant reported that in late December, a window of his residence was damaged, and appeared to have been shot with a shotgun.
It was also reported that the informant had a near-altercation with Replogle at a Wymore residence. The two got into an argument and Replogle allegedly made threats toward the informant.
Replogle was contacted by deputies about the altercation, and said that a conversation had occurred at the residence. He told deputies that he questioned the informant about the controlled buys, but dropped the subject after the man said he wasn’t the informant. Replogle was arrested after the interview.
Replogle had asked for probation, and though the Gage County Attorney’s Office said they weren’t opposed to probation, Gage County District Court District Court Judge Rick Schreiner said that at Replogle’s age and with his past criminal history, he should have known better.
“I want to save everybody and help everybody that we can,” Schreiner said. “I want to save and help you if we can. But, I think in this circumstance, especially given the fact that you have been once convicted of an offense similar to this, I just can't put you on probation.”
Schreiner sentenced Replogle to 36 to 60 months for each of his two attempted distribution charges and 12 months for attempted tampering, all to run concurrently.
Replogle should be eligible for parole on all charges in 18 months, Schreiner said, if he served his time wisely. Schreiner also recommended Replogle seek help for addiction in prison.
“Everybody that uses that substance and continues to use will die from that disease,” Schreiner said. “Your dealing with that substance helps in that process. Your dealing is for purely selfish reasons.”