AUBURN – An Auburn man was given a 12-year suspended sentence and placed on probation for possession of methamphetamine, a level 3 felony, during a hearing in DeKalb II Superior Court on Monday.
Timothy Scott Hopkins, of Block 2400 of CR 50, pleaded guilty to the offenses under a plea agreement. Hopkins will serve the first two years of his probation in house arrest and must participate in a sobriety program.
The court heard about how Hopkins changed his life after asking for help at the Serenity House. Addicted to 17 years, Hopkins has thrived at Serenity House for the past 18 months. He now serves as a sponsor, does community service work and has the tools to help him succeed, he told the court.
Four people from Serenity House spoke on behalf of Hopkins, noting his success in the program.
Justice Monte Brown said Hopkins is proof that with the right help and the right attitude, a person with an addiction can be life-changing.
“I couldn’t be happier for you,” Brown told Hopkins.
As part of the plea deal, the charges of smuggling methamphetamine, a level 2 felony, and resistance to law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, were dismissed.
Also in Superior Court II on Mondays:
Marc Swonger of Butler, and who is currently incarcerated at Plainfield Correctional Institution, received a four-year conditional sentence and was placed on probation for driving a vehicle after forfeiture of a life license, a felony Level 5. The first two and a half years of probation will be served in house arrest under electronic surveillance.