A federal judge Monday ordered a Lawrence man to serve more than two years on house arrest for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking case.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil ordered David John Kessler, 35, to serve five years on supervised release and the first 30 months on house arrest. Kessler pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from October 2010 to February 2011 in the Lawrence area.
Co-defendants Joseph Henry Hibbs Jr. 43, of Lawrence, received a 10-year prison sentence last November, and Alfonso Salazar Solis, 26, of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to seven years in prison.
According to plea agreements for Kessler and Solis, investigators believed Hibbs had supplied methamphetamine he received from Solis for various deals made around Lawrence in 2010, including ones at a house near Woody Park in the 200 block of Maine Street and at parking lots at both Walmart stores.
Kessler’s attorney Michael Clarke in court filings said that Kessler in 2003 suffered a double brain aneurysm and that his client’s methamphetamine use started months after the aneurysm as a way to “overcome limitations he was experiencing.” But Clarke said since his arrest Kessler had obtained a drug evaluation, completed inpatient treatment and was admitted to another housing program.
Vratil ordered Kessler, with his co-defendants, to pay $3,145 in restitution to the Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit and perform a minimum 10 hours of community service a week while on supervised release.