An eastern Iowa man who was on the run for more than two decades is now facing prison time. Fifty-year-old Mathew West of Cedar Rapids was found guilty by a jury in December of 1992 of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess LSD.
Evidence at his trial showed he had obtained some 12,000 hits of LSD from out of state to sell in Cedar Rapids. West was released when he was granted a request for new trial in 1993, but he failed to show up for a hearing in April of 1994.
While he was on the run, his request for a new trial was overturned on appeal. West finally came forward in December of 2014. He was sentenced to 121 months in prison and fined $6,000.