Man pleads guilty to drug charge |

Man pleads guilty to drug charge

Staff Reports

A 43-year-old man with a string of felony convictions faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty Monday to a drug charge.

William Sarmiento told District Judge Michael Gibbons he wanted to be sentenced as soon as possible so he could get out of Douglas County Jail and go to prison.

“I want to go to prison. All I’m asking is get me out of this jail,” Sarmiento said.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, admitting he sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant for $200.

He told Gibbons he spent the money on shoes.

“Are you going to prison over a pair of sneakers?” Gibbons asked.

“No,” Sarmiento said. “You asked me what I spent the money on.”

In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a stalking charge upon sentencing.

Gibbons set sentencing for Nov. 18, agreeing to use a presentence investigation from 2010.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter requested a new report to consider more recent charges against Sarmiento who has at least seven prior felony convictions. He has served seven prison sentences and three jail terms, according to reports.

The state also agreed not to pursue a habitual criminal enhancement.

Sarmiento is accused of selling methamphetamine in July in an undercover operation.

In the misdemeanor stalking charge, Sarmiento is accused of driving in front of the alleged victim’s residence and threatening “her life was over.”

According to the criminal complaint, the woman said she feared for herself and her minor children.

He asked Gibbons to lower his $35,000 bail, but the judge refused.

“I don’t know why you got involved in this when you just got out of prison,” Gibbons said.

“Things got hard. I had bills to pay,” Sarmiento said.

Gibbons warned him that if he is convicted of any additional felonies, he could face life in prison.

Sarmiento’s attorney, Kris Brown, said he was facing a charge in Reno, but her client said it was going to be dismissed.