Drug dealer gets four-year prison term

A 23-year-old Gardnerville man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for his part in a 7.7-gram methamphetamine transaction.

Wesley Bohannon pleaded guilty in February to trafficking in a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

He and another man were arrested Jan. 23 in pre-dawn raids at their Gardnerville residences.

Bohannon's lawyer, Tod Young, told District Judge Michael Gibbons his client didn't traffic in drugs for financial gain, but to feed his own addiction.

"He makes sales but he begs people to give him some back for himself," Young said. "It's not for profit, it's for personal use."

Bohannon said he was asked to provide drugs to his friends because he didn't want to let them down.

"I am being persuaded to get drugs a lot of the time. I woul-dn't go out looking, but people would come to my house and tell me they needed me to get them drugs. I didn't want to let them," Bohannon said.

Bohannon asked for drug rehabilitation, but Gibbons said he'd had plenty of opportunities.

"I just hope you remember two things. First, you have to be punished and second, if you ever go back to drugs, your addiction will be reignited. You'll be dealt with much more harshly."

Bohannon is eligible for parole after 12 months.

n A 42-year-old woman was sent to Nevada State Prison for five years Monday after she admitted violating her probation for the third time.

Sharon Willis, 42, was placed on probation two years ago after she admitted taking two fur coats worth $19,000 from an 85-year-old woman who was legally blind. Willis worked as the victim's caregiver.

On Monday she admitted she had used methamphetamine.

"This is one time too many you've been here," District Judge Michael Gibbons said. "It's one issue after another. You always ask for something more. It's too late for this court."

Gibbons gave her credit for 262 days served in custody.

n District Judge Dave Gamble ordered a 23-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident to serve out his sentence in Douglas County Jail following his second probation violation in a month.

Joshua Roy was arrested March 6 in Reno with a .22 blood-alcohol content after deputies found him "staggering on the sidewalk."

He also had an alcohol-related probation violation in February.

Roy was sentenced Jan. 3 for possession of a controlled substance and received a 12-to-36-month suspended sentence.

Lawyer Terri Roeser said her client had substituted alcohol for methamphetamine, adding she hated to see someone sent to prison for an alcohol problem.

Gamble ordered Roy to finish his sentence in Douglas County Jail.

"This will end Nevada's hold on you," Gamble said. "You need to go back where you have more support."

He gave Roy credit for 228 days in custody.


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