Meth dealer gets 27 years

August 31, 2013

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An Arlington man with four prior felony convictions was convicted Aug. 20 in district court of selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer.

He was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the first-degree felony, District Attorney Rob Christian said.

William Walter Youngstrom, 39, lived in Arlington last September when he drove with another man to Hood County to deliver meth, according to Christian.

He will become eligible for parole in about seven years, the D.A. said.

District Judge Ralph Walton recommended that Youngstrom receive substance abuse treatment before is released on parole, however.

Youngstrom’s prior convictions included possession of meth, theft and evading arrest, Christian said.

“The Hood County Sheriff’s Department learned through investigation that Youngstrom delivered to methamphetamine users in Hood County on prior occasions,” Christian stated. “At trial, Youngstrom maintained that he had never delivered methamphetamine before the day of his arrest.”

Christian noted that the jury heard Youngstrom’s recorded confession, and saw text messages from Youngstrom setting up the meth transaction.

“This case is another example of Hood County peace officers working hard and putting themselves at risk to keep our community safe,” Christian said. “The jury’s 27-year verdict sends a message to methamphetamine dealers.”

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