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Pomani gets two years in prison for meth possession

A Mitchell man who pleaded guilty to possession of meth was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

Robert Pomani, 33, asked for probation and a chance to prove he could be a productive member of society. But, Judge Tim Bjorkman said the combination of the fact the possession charge is a third felony for Pomani, and violence in his past, several misdemeanors, wasted opportunities for treatment and the use of threats and violence fueled his decision.

Pomani pleaded guilty in July to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. In exchange for his plea, the state dropped a reckless burning charge, which alleged Pomani set fire to a house in Mitchell in October 2013. Despite the charge being dropped, a part of his sentencing includes restitution to the owner for the loss of his house.

Bjorkman sentenced Pomani to five years in prison, but suspended three of those years. Pomani must repay all court appointed attorney fees, pay $76,556.35 in restitution, and pay $252.40 in fines and costs, and he received credit for 181 days already served in jail.

Bjorkman figured Pomani's first parole eligibility will be in December.

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