Heroin addict admitted to drug court
A 24-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who said he was tired of living as a heroin addict was admitted to drug court Monday.
District Judge Michael Gibbons approved admission to drug court for Brandon James Pendle who pleaded guilty to using or being under the influence of a controlled substance, heroin.
Pendle faces up to four years in prison, but may have the charge dismissed if he successfully completes drug court.
He told Gibbons he was relocating to Winnemucca, and would participate in drug court.
“I’m ready for anything,” Pendle said. “I am tired of living this lie of a life.”
Pendle was arrested for drunk driving and several other counts on Nov. 8 after he allegedly ran into a Jeep and left the scene.
On. Feb. 1, he was sentenced to 32 days in jail, with 30 suspended.
During a probation check at Pendle’s residence on Feb. 8., officers found balloons, a spoon, needles and a film canister containing marijuana residue under his mattress.
Pendle reportedly admitted using heroin on Feb. 7.
“If you’re addicted to heroin, it’s a very difficult drug to get away from,” Gibbons said.
Gibbons ordered Pendle to remain in custody until he is released by the judge for drug court.
— A 47-year-old Gardnerville man was placed on probation Monday after he withdrew a request for admission to Western Regional Drug Court.
John Linehan told District Judge Michael Gibbons he had to wait too long for a bed at an inpatient treatment center and he wanted to go to work for his brother.
He told the judge he was sure he could remain clean and sober with the help of outpatient counseling.
Had he successfully completed drug court, Linehan may have had the felony charge dismissed.
“One of the things Mr. Linehan is not concerned about is a felony conviction,” said his lawyer, Tod Young.
“He feels like he needs to be earning a living and be productive. He is very adamant about his relationship to drugs and his ability to live a clean life. He wants to give the outpatient program a try.”
Linehan, out of custody on a charge of driving under the influence, was arrested for drug possession and pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
He has been in Douglas County Jail for 40 days.
“I know I messed up,” he said Monday. “I know I can be sober with outpatient counseling.”
Gibbons suspended a 30-month sentence in Nevada State Prison and placed him on three years’ probation.
He must abstain from drugs and alcohol and is subject to supervision by the Department of Parole and Probation.
“I will be clean, your honor,” Linehan said. “I will not be going to prison. That’s a fact.”