Woman gets probation after drug court termination
October 16, 2012
A 49-year-old woman who was kicked out of drug court for fraternizing with clients at an in-patient treatment center was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation for obtaining drugs by fraud.
District Judge Dave Gamble suspended a 32-month sentence in Nevada state prison and told Roxanne Mason she would go to prison if she fails her probation.
“This is pure, unadulterated grace,” Gamble said. “It is not anything you earned, or because of you. Do you understand that?”
“Absolutely,” Mason said.
Her lawyer, Tod Young, said that while Mason was terminated from drug court, she had not used a controlled substance since November of last year.
He said her prior slips had required she be on a “perfect or out” status with Western Regional Drug Court. When she was terminated from the Reno Gospel Mission, Mason was dropped from drug court.
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“I do owe my life to drug court and the gospel mission,” Mason said. “I am two weeks away from being clean for a year. I am not afraid of continuing to stay sober. I want to restore my relationships with my children and my ex-husband. I have a lot of people in my life to support me.”
Mason was sentenced in June 2010 for the offense. She faced up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each felony count.
Gamble sentenced her to 12-32 months in prison on each count to be served concurrently which he suspended.
She is subject to unannounced search and seizure for evidence of criminal activity and must abstain from drugs and alcohol during probation.
Mason must attend at least three 12-step meetings per week and participate in formal drug and alcohol abuse treatment.
Gamble ordered her to obtain a sponsor with at least five years of experience within 60 days.
She received credit for 210 days in custody.