Minden man admits selling pot
August 23, 2013
A 19-year-old Minden man, who pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a controlled substance for sale, was accepted for Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.
District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Leslie Jorda Kynett to report Monday for drug court. If he successfully completes the 1-3-year program, charges may be dismissed.
If he fails, Kynett faces up to four years in Nevada state prison, and a $5,000 fine.
Kynett admitted that he had marijuana to sell when he was arrested June 20.
"At first, I just used it. Selling became something I could do to support my own habit," Kynett said.
The defendant said he had messages on his cell phone confirming he was selling marijuana.
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Kynett's lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client was a 2013 graduate of Douglas High School whose previous arrest was for domestic battery.
"He needs to be in treatment," Lopez said, adding that his client had been attending 12-step meetings.
■ A 33-year-old Dayton mother of five children may be admitted to Western Nevada Regional Drug Court after she pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
Jillanne Faye Venable faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine at sentencing Oct. 7.
In exchange for her guilty plea, charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, and trafficking in a controlled substance are to be dismissed.
District Judge Michael Gibbons said Venable could be released on her own recognizance after she registered with the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
He ordered her to report to Lyon County where she has a hold for multiple traffic citations.
He told her to complete a substance abuse evaluation and start counseling before she returns for sentencing.
Venable was arrested July 18 in the Walmart parking lot at Topsy Lane after a report of a theft.
Authorities recovered multiple heroin balloons, prescription drugs, and methamphetamine from her vehicle.
Venable admitted the charges in the criminal complaint Monday.
She may qualify for drug court if she has no prior felonies, and has not received a diversion program.
Venable said Monday she had never been in trouble for drugs, but said she had completed probation for a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle in Las Vegas about 10 years ago.
She did not know whether it was a gross misdemeanor or felony.
She told Gibbons she would begin attending drug court as soon as she is released from jail.
"I will go in drug court right away and go to meetings. I am excited to do that," Venable said.
■ A 20-year-old Gardnerville man who got kicked out of a regimental discipline program for fighting was sentenced Tuesday to prison for stealing items from parked cars.
Dustin Anderson was given credit for 367 days in custody.
Anderson was sentenced in May 2012 to drug court and placed in the regimental discipline program designed to keep youthful offenders out of prison.
He was terminated from Western Nevada Regional Drug Court on July 23.
"You're probably not going to be there (prison) for too long, but you can be back fairly soon if you don't make a change," said Judge Tod Young.
Anderson was sentenced in May 2012 to a suspended sentence of to up to four years in prison, with parole eligibility after 12 months.
He admitted breaking into unlocked vehicles and stealing a $1,500 camera, cell phone, iPod and bag of change. The property was returned.
Young encouraged Anderson to complete high school.
"You didn't go very far in school, but you're not a dummy," Young said. "If you continue to go out and break into people's cars, the next thing left for you is to be a heroin junkie."