A 22-year-old Gardnerville man faces up to six years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty Monday to a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance.
In a plea agreement, Kyle Ross Jarboe pleaded guilty to trafficking in a controlled substance. In exchange, the state dropped a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale.
He also admitted two probation violations on prior felony convictions.
Under terms of the agreement, Jarboe will remain in Douglas County Jail until his sentencing Jan. 6, and will be given 180 days credit toward his prison sentence.
Both parties agreed to recommend a maximum five-year sentence. Jarboe also faces a fine of up to $50,000.
District Judge Michael Gibbons told Jarboe that the sentence is up to him in spite of the plea agreement.
The probation violations carry sentences of up to three years and four years. Under the agreement, they would be concurrent to the trafficking charge.
The state also agreed not to add an enhancement reflecting Jarboe’s third felony conviction.
Jarboe admitted possessing 12-1/2 grams of methylone, a stimulant.
“You now have three felonies,” Gibbons said. “That’s an awful lot for a young person. What were you thinking being around drugs when you were on probation?”
Jarboe’s lawyer, William Cole, said his client did not test positive for drugs when he was arrested with five other teens and young adults at a house in the Gardnerville Ranchos on Aug. 16.
“My main reason to be there was to pick up a vehicle,” Jarboe said. “I ended up hanging around for awhile, then the police came.”
Jarboe was found hiding in a crawl space under the house.
He was set for trial on Jan. 21 after pleading not guilty to the charges. He was bound over to district court following a preliminary hearing Sept. 20 in East Fork Justice Court.
Gibbons ordered Jarboe held without bail.
Jarboe is the second defendant to plead guilty.
Daniel Redding, 21, who was renting the house at 1302 Muir Drive, also pleaded guilty to trafficking.
He faces a recommended sentence of up to 30 months in Nevada state prison, and began serving the first nine months in Douglas County Jail.
Neither Jarboe nor Redding is eligible for probation.
Deputies were called to the residence around midnight on a report of a domestic disturbance.
They discovered the six defendants, and a variety of drugs and paraphernalia.