A Georgetown man has been sentenced to six years in prison after he was found by law enforcement to be in possession of synthetic cannabis on three separate occasions. Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey sentenced 36-year-old Shawn Ritter on Thursday (July 18, 2019).
Information presented in court Thursday said Ritter was already facing imprisonment when he was found to be in possession of the drug a third time. Evidence was also presented saying that Ritter had resisted law enforcement when he was being taken into custody. And while Ritter was on the stand in his own behalf he called the Deputy Director of Probation a ‘’dumb bitch’’. Ritter also admitted smoking synthetic cannabis as recently as the night before sentencing.
‘’The continued use of illegal and dangerous drugs in our community simply will not be tolerated,’’ said State’s Attorney Lacqueline Lacy in a statement to VermilionCountyFirst.com News. She added, ‘’What also will not be tolerated is disrespectful and abusive conduct towards our public employees, such as police and probation officers, who work tirelessly every day for the People of Vermilion County.’’