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Man gets probation for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A New York man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

David M. Utter, 32, of Port Jervis was sentenced before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Virtual Courtroom in Newton on March 4, Koch said.

Utter was sentenced to two years non-custodial probation with credit for four days jail already served, was ordered to submit to a substance abuse evaluation and follow any and all recommendations, made for same, and pay $2,083 in fees including motor vehicle fines. His driving privileges were ordered suspended for one year and seven months, Koch said.

Utter pled guilty on December 6, 2021 to third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and on March 4, 2022 he pled guilty to the motor vehicle offenses of driving under the influence and failing to have liability insurance, Koch said.

According to Koch, Utter drove his vehicle recklessly while under the influence in Montague Township on July 17, 2020.

Utter was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Sally Anne Monkemeier.

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