A 21-year-old Minden man was sent to prison Tuesday after he failed numerous attempts at probation, the last offense being a hit-and-run accident while he was under the influence of spice.
Lawyer Derrick Lopez said his client, Daniel Joseph Brady, did not request reinstatement to probation.
"It's his intent to serve his sentence and be done with this," Lopez said. "He's had a number of difficulties with his life situation. He has received a lot of help through drug court. Unfortunately, he didn't apply it."
Brady told District Judge Dave Gamble that he turned 21 on Oct. 29, while incarcerated in Douglas County Jail.
Gamble addressed five friends of Brady's who attended the sentencing.
"Can you guys see what spice does?" Gamble asked. "In a minute, I am going to send this friend of yours to live with the worst of the worst. I hate this stuff (spice)."
Spice is defined as an herb mixture laced with chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana.
Gamble said he found a local business selling spice.
"I went to the place and yelled at the guy who hides it on the shelf. It just makes me want to puke. It has perhaps more poison in it than meth," Gamble said.
Brady was arrested early Oct. 20 after he drove into a house on Douglas Avenue, struck another vehicle, and left the scene.
"I went out and got high, and proceeded to drive. I blacked out at the wheel," Brady said.
According to reports, Brady said he used spice for two weeks.
"If you had to say something to kids about spice, what would you say?" Gamble asked.
"That it will ruin your life," Brady said. "While you're using it, it takes away any hope you have left. I didn't care about anything, my friends, myself. I am lucky to still have friends who are here."
He was on probation for a previous drug offense, and sentenced to 12-30 months, suspended, and placed on probation. He has had numerous violations, and served 214 days in custody.
He is eligible for parole after 12 months, with credit for seven months.
"You have not ruined your life. You have ruined a section of your life now," Gamble said. "When you get out of prison, you'll still be 21. Here's a flash: Don't ruin the rest of it. Don't count yourself out. I'm not. Your friends aren't. You only have to do one thing - one stinkin' thing - and that is not use."