A Beatrice man with a criminal history dating back three decades was sentenced to prison Wednesday in two separate cases.

Dusty G. Mayhew, 52, was sentenced in Gage County District Court to two years prison for possession of methamphetamine and three years prison for being an accessory to burglary. The two cases will run consecutively, totaling five years, and be followed by 12 months of post-release supervision, which is essentially a term of probation following incarceration.

“You don’t have to live like this, and neither do the rest of us,” said Judge Rick Schreiner before announcing the sentences. “We don’t have to be subject to your criminal ways. You’re ill and you’re not going to get any better. You keep putting methamphetamine in your veins, you’re going to die. For what? You could help others if you would just sober up and straighten up.”

Deputy Gage County Attorney Justin Huber said Mayhew’s criminal history dates back to 1984 and includes a burglary in 1985 and a possession of methamphetamine conviction in 1990.

“It’s the state’s position that he had 33 years to change,” Huber said. “He’s been sentenced to probation, to jail, to prison numerous times, and none of that has changed his criminal conduct.”

Defense Attorney Lee Timan argued that Mayhew, who was in custody Wednesday for an unrelated case, had made use of his time served and has made strides to turn his life around.

“Over the last few months that he’s been incarcerated, I think Mr. Mayhew has actually shown quite a bit of growth and correction in his behaviors,” Timan said. “Mr. Mayhew has a very sincere desire to enter into a rehab program that will address his addiction.”

A warrant was issued for Mayhew after deputies interviewed another man in a burglary case who said Mayhew typically hid stolen items and methamphetamine high in Mayhew’s residence so they wouldn’t be found.

Deputies went to his residence and were given permission by a female resident to search the home, according to the warrant.

On top of the kitchen cabinets, deputies found three silver spoons, two of which had white residue, and an empty syringe.

Elsewhere in the residence, deputies found methamphetamine in a ceramic container, three more syringes and five empty plastic baggies with a white residue. The residue field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mayhew has a separate case in District Court scheduled for a jury trial beginning Dec. 13. He’s charged with burglary from last December in that case.

Mayhew was sentenced in September in another case to two years in prison followed by 48 months of post-release supervision for failing to properly register as a sex offender.

He was sentenced to three months in prison on a separate charge of driving under suspension in that case, with the sentences being served concurrently.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mayhew last May in the burglary case after items were taken from a Homesville residence.

According to the warrant, the window on a back door of a residence was shattered and around $1,000 worth of items were taken.

A hearing to determine restitution in that case is set for March 7.

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.