On Tuesday, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout handed down the sentence to Dusty Rhodes Jr., 38, stemming from a 4-year-old drug case.
In February 2011, a 12-member jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict against Rhodes, who had been charged with a Class B felony of dealing methamphetamine. However, in August, he was found guilty in a new jury trial.
During Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Rhodes' ex-wife was called to the stand to testify on his behalf.
"He went through a rough patch," Rustina Johnson told the court. "He made some mistakes. But he's the one who made the decision to change."
Describing Rhodes as a generous, caring person who would "do anything for you," Johnson added she believed he felt remorse and he would respond to electronic home detention.
"He's the person I knew," Johnson said.
Rhodes was also called to the stand by defense counsel Charles Hear.
When Hear asked Rhodes how likely it was for him to re-offend, Rhodes stated, "no chance."
"I learned my lesson," Rhodes said.
The state recommended Rhodes be sentenced to 10 years in the IDOC, three of which would be suspended, while defense recommended electronic home detention and probation.
Trout then handed down his ruling.
According to Trout, Rhodes has 30 days to file a notice of appeal.
Rhodes was one of several suspects arrested as a result of an August 2008 drug warrant sweep, which was conducted by 60 law enforcement officials from 11 different local, state and federal agencies.
The felony charge, according to officials, stemmed from allegations that he was involved in a drug deal with an undercover police officer at a local gas station Aug. 7, 2007.
Officials with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office told The Brazil Times Rhodes was given an option to work with investigators or go to jail after the initial allegation.
During the August 2008 drug sweep, Rhodes was not in Clay County. The United States Marshal's Office Fugitive Task Force located Rhodes in Lee County, Florida, in September 2008, taking him into custody.