A Davenport man who pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a crystal methamphetamine investigation earlier this year is headed to prison after a judge revoked his previously imposed probation.
Gage A. Wenthe, 26, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and five years in prison for possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
His probation also was revoked in a separate case and he was sentenced to up to two years in prison for third-degree criminal mischief and up to six months in jail for possession of marijuana-first offense.
District Court Judge Mark Smith ruled ordered the sentences to run at the same time, for a total of 10 years.
Scott County Sheriff’s deputies searched a home in the 400 block of West 7th Street just before 9 a.m. April 6 as part of an investigation into the narcotics activities of Wenthe, specifically the sale of crystal methamphetamine out of the home.
Deputies seized the drug, also known as "ice," marijuana, suspected marijuana wax, an unknown white powder, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, packaging materials and two rifles, according to investigators.
Wenthe, when questioned by deputies, admitted to being a middle man for the sale of methamphetamine and marijuana to several people in the area, according to investigators.
The home belongs to 3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom, who was representing the City Council at the broadband conference in Austin, Texas, at the time of the search. Wenthe had lived with him for six years, Boom told the Quad-City Times in April.
Boom has not been charged in the case and has said he had no knowledge of the drugs in his house.
At the time of his arrest, Wenthe was on probation for the marijuana and criminal mischief charges.
In August, Wenthe was given a deferred sentence, three years of probation and accepted into the new Scott County Mental Health Court program.
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The mental health court provides wraparound services, rather than jail or prison time, for nonviolent offenders who struggle with mental illness.
Wenthe had to maintain his medication regiment, stay away from illegal substances, appear in court weekly and complete a residential program at the Salvation Army, among other requirements of his probation and mental health court.
Assistant Scott County Attorney Steven Berger, a member of the mental health court team, filed a petition to revoke Wenthe’s probation on Dec. 29.
The petition did not list the alleged probation violation. However, a motion to modify the terms of Wenthe’s probation that was filed by Berger on Dec. 19 alleged that he did not sleep at Unity House of Davenport, a transitional facility he was ordered to stay at, for two nights.
Smith, who oversees mental health court, said during a short hearing Friday that the team has imposed at least three sanctions against Wenthe for violating the terms of the program.
One sanction, according to court documents, was a seven-day jail sentence for contempt of court.
A bench warrant was issued Dec. 23 for Wenthe. He has remained in the Scott County Jail since then on a $15,000 cash-only bond.
On Friday, Wenthe stipulated to the violations alleged in the petition to revoke his bond and waived his right to a formal hearing.
Smith told Wenthe that the mental health court team had a “lot of hope for you” and that he could have turned his life around if he had successfully completed the program.
“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “Those were your choices. We can only offer you help, we can’t make you comply and those choices have consequences, so one of the things you’re going to learn in life is the consequences of your actions, and those consequences in this case are pretty severe.”