Causing sentenced to prison |

Causing sentenced to prison

Staff reports

Dennis Causing received a five year prison sentence Tuesday for drug trafficking.

Causing, a 52-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man will be eligible for parole after 20 months.

The 230 days credit he was granted for time served in Douglas County jail shortens his eligibility to just more than 12 months.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge David Gamble sentenced Causing after hearing the recommendations of both Causing’s attorney and a Douglas County deputy district attorney.

Tod Young recommended probation for his client. Derrick Lopez, of the DA’s office, argued in favor of the maximum sentence, all of it suspended except for one year served in Douglas County jail.

The charge is punishable by one to six years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

In a plea bargain offered to Causing in March of this year, a Class A felony charge for trafficking was dropped and Causing entered a guilty plea to the Class B charge of trafficking. The A felony charge was punishable by 25 years or life in prison, according to Nevada Revised Statute.

Causing has been in Douglas County jail since mid-February when he violated the conditions of his alternative sentencing.

He was arrested Sept. 11, 2003, on $250,000 bail after a sting at a restaurant in the Ranchos.