A former Frenship Independent School District teacher who pleaded guilty to possessing drugs will not get a second chance.
Visiting Judge David Gleason on Friday sentenced 31-year-old Ryan A. Glenn to 10 years in prison and tacked on a $5,000 fine.
Glenn must serve at least five years before he is eligible for parole.
Glenn pleaded guilty Monday to possessing hashish containing between four and 400 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol, a penalty grade two substance. The house he was living in, where the hash was found, was located in a drug-free zone so Glenn’s punishment range was elevated.
He faced from 10 years to life in prison, but was eligible for probation because he had never been convicted of a felony.
Prosecutors also presented multiple photographs showing a 50-plant marijuana crop Glenn was growing at a house he owned in Tech Terrace.
Glenn coached junior high football, basketball and track and taught social studies at Frenship High School until his July 2008 arrest.
“This was his decision alone to conduct himself like this,” prosecutor Jaret Greaser said. “(Glenn is) someone who has family support and a good job and the position to influence and mold young kids and he just basically threw all of that under the bus.”
Chuck Lanehart, Glenn’s attorney, declined comment following the sentence.
In closing remarks, Greaser urged the judge to consider the fact that the hash was found in a drug-free zone and that the results of Glenn’s actions have a lasting impact on the children he taught and coached.
Lanehart focused on the fact that this was essentially a marijuana case. The hashish was made from balling up resin from marijuana plants; but the legislature classifies hashish as a controlled substance.
Glenn would have had to have delivered more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana for the punishment range to equal that of possessing an amount of hash equivalent to less than the weight of five sugar packets, Lanehart said.
Glenn had a pending cocaine charge and marijuana charge stemming from the same incident, but Greaser would not comment on what the District Attorney’s Office planned to do with those charges.
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