OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - A man will spend time on probation, for getting caught with marijuana soon after he was freed from prison for an attempted murder he didn’t commit.
47-year-old Cody Vandenberg of Pulaski had his sentencing withheld Monday in Oconto County on a felony marijuana possession charge. And Circuit Judge Jay Conley told Vandenberg to undergo a psychological exam to see if he has post-traumatic stress disorder which turned up in a pre-sentence investigation.
Vandenberg was freed from prison last August, after serving 16 years for the robbery and stabbing of a man in Bellevue which a co-defendant later admitted committing.
Five months after being freed, Vandenberg was arrested for having a small amount of marijuana when police stopped him in Little Suamico for a mechanical problem with his vehicle.
Judge Conley ordered absolute sobriety, and he urged Vandenberg to try and put his prison time behind him.
As part of his plea deal, a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia was dropped. And he pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated. He was fined almost $700, and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.