A local fitness club owner and bodybuilder was granted a one-year probation term today in Douglas County District Court for possessing anabolic steroids.
Richard "Junkyard" Sells, 39, owner of Junkyard's Jym & Nautilus Center, 535 Gateway Dr., was arrested Jan. 3 after making a transaction involving anabolic steroids with a confidential informant working for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He was charged the same day with a felony count of possessing steroids.
Sells later pleaded guilty to an amended misdemeanor count of possessing steroids. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and a $2,500 fine, but Sells' attorney today pleaded with Douglas County District Judge Ralph M. King Jr. not too impose a jail term or the fine.
The attorney, John Ambrosio of Topeka, said Sells has lost business because of the court action and that Sells' mother has had to pay his attorney's fees.
"He is financially strapped," Ambrosio told the judge.
Ambrosio said Sells would not sell or consume anabolic steroids again.
"It would be a death knell for his health," he said.
Since his charge, Sells has been educating the KBI on steroid trafficking and will continue doing that, Ambrosio said.
King said Sells, who has been an athletic trainer at Kansas University, has been a "productive member of society.''
Before he was sentenced, Sells said, "I'd like to apologize to you (King) and to this court . . . and to the citizens of Lawrence and to my mother.''