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Defendant pleads guilty to trafficking

Staff Reports

One of six defendants in a drug bust at a house in the Gardnerville Ranchos pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking, and is to spend nine months in Douglas County Jail before he is sentenced for the felony.

Daniel Redding, 21, pleaded guilty to trafficking in a controlled substance. He faces up to six years in prison and a $50,000 fine at a sentencing Judge Michael Gibbons set out to Sept. 15, 2014.

In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Redding agreed to turn himself in to Douglas County Jail after he appears Dec. 9 before Gibbons, and stay in jail until sentencing.

While out of custody for the next two months, he is under supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and must report three times a week.

“This makes sure he stays out of trouble and in compliance with the court order,” said prosecutor Laurie Trotter.

The benefit to Redding is that he serves part of his sentence in jail instead of prison.

He is not eligible for probation, and agreed not to seek a diversion program, or a reduced sentence for substantial compliance with law enforcement.

“He understands that probation and diversion are not options, nor is the lesser sentence,” said his lawyer, Jamie Henry.

“You will be going to prison for sure,” Gibbons said.

He admitted possession of 12.5 grams of MDMA, or “Ecstasy.”

Redding was identified as the suspect who opened the door Aug. 16 when deputies arrived at his residence at 1302 Muir Drive on a report of a domestic disturbance.

Officers discovered six teenagers and young adults at the house, and a variety of drugs and paraphernalia.

Redding told Gibbons he “lost everything,” including his house as a result of his arrest. He said he lives with his mother in Wellington.

He faces a recommended sentence of 30 months in prison, with a minimum parole eligibility of 12 months.

If he commits a crime, or asks for release, the sentencing date can be moved up, according to the plea agreement.

He is subject to search and seizure and random testing.

Redding told the judge he would spend the next two months with his family.

“Stay out of trouble,” Gibbons said.

The judge continued for two weeks the arraignment of codefendant Kyle Ross Jarboe, 22, who is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Jarboe’s attorney, William Cole, said he had just been hired to represent Jarboe and sought additional time to review the file and prepare Jarboe’s defense.

Gibbons continued the arraignment until Oct. 28.

Cole said he may be filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus, but won’t know until he reviews the transcript of Jarboe’s Sept. 20 preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court.