Felony drug charges lead to jail sentence
June 27, 2014
A 20-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man was ordered to spend 90 days in jail as a condition of probation on two felony drug charges.
Colton James Whitaker admitted to sales of a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act in connection with his Sept. 6, 2013, arrest.
He appeared in Douglas County District Court before Judge Tod Young on Tuesday.
Investigators said Whitaker was involved in three sales of Ecstasy last year. He was originally charged with trafficking, which carries a mandatory prison sentence.
Defense attorney Kris Brown said the drug sales were fueled by Whitaker's addiction. He's serving a 90-day East Fork Justice court sentence for domestic battery.
The battery case involved Whitaker hitting his pregnant 17-year-old girlfriend in the stomach.
While Whitaker was being sought by authorities they found photos posted on Facebook of him with a gun and another with a bag of marijuana.
"I would like a chance to prove to people I can do this," Whitaker said.
He was sentenced to 18-60 months on the sales charge and 12-48 months for conspiracy. His sentence was suspended on condition he serve 90 days in jail concurrently with his jail sentence. He will remain on probation for five years.
■ A Carson City man who has been on probation since 2011 for possession of a controlled substance was ordered to finish out his sentence in Douglas County Jail.
Daniel Crawford, 20, admitted he used methamphetamine on May 28 in violation of his probation.
His attorney argued that with 361 days time Crawford has already served in the case, and a 14-month minimum, it was unlikely he would spend much time in prison.
Judge Tod Young gave Crawford 90 days in jail and ordered that he be dishonorably discharged after his sentence is complete.
■ A Fallon woman faces up to five years in prison after she admitted to a charge of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
Mandy Jo Banks, 32, was originally arrested Aug. 29, 2013.
In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors will dismiss all other charges stemming from her arrest.
She originally faced a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine.
Sentencing was set for Aug. 12.