by Sheila Gardner

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October 1, 2012
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Carson man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A 30-year-old Carson City man was sentenced Monday to 30 months in Nevada state prison after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine.

District Judge Michael Gibbons told Daniel Duckworth he must serve 12 months before he is eligible for parole, and gave him credit for 153 days in custody in Douglas County Jail.

Duckworth admitting having 4.58 grams of methamphetamine divided in six plastic bags and a glass vial when he was arrested May 2.

Duckworth's attorney, William Cole, said his client had a history of misdemeanor offenses, but this was his first felony conviction. He said Duckworth was injured in a traffic accident in 2008 that required more than 15 surgeries so far.

"He has some medical problems, hopefully, they can be dealt with in prison," Cole said.

"This is a substantial sentence for a first felony conviction. He was not eligible for probation, and he understands that," Cole said.

Duckworth took responsibility for the crime.

"I knew what I was doing was wrong, and I should have made better choices," Duckworth said. "I remember standing in front of you (Gibbons) 15 or 16 years ago, and I never stole from anybody again. I hope to do that with drugs."

Gibbons said drug use had aged Duckworth.

"There are different ways to deal with injuries than using drugs. Then, to go onto selling them. That's why you are going to prison," GIbbons said.

He ordered Duckworth to pay $120 restitution, and fines and fees which he said could be taken from $576 Duckworth forfeited at his arrest.

'You know what you need to do," Gibbons said. "You have a felony conviction. If you're back in the justice system, things will go much harder."

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