Prison term in trafficking, probation case |

Prison term in trafficking, probation case

by Sheila Gardner

With nearly a dozen family members and friends in court to lend support, 22-year-old Kyle Jarboe was sentenced Monday to five years in Nevada state prison for drug trafficking and felony probation violations.

“I am very sorry to see you here today,” said District Judge Michael Gibbons. “I started to see you in juvenile court. Your main problem was (not being able to stay away from) drugs. You couldn’t do it.”

He encouraged Jarboe to take advantage of prison programs as he serves his sentence.

“You still have family here, behind you, and friends, people who want to see you succeed, but you just keep falling into it,” Gibbons said.

Jarboe must serve a minimum of two years; he was given credit for 180 days in custody.

On the probation violations, he was sentenced to 13-48 months and 12-36 months, both with 180 days credit for time served.

The sentences are to be served concurrently, in accordance with the plea agreement.

Jarboe had no comment, only to request a contact visit with his young son before he is transferred from Douglas County Jail where he has been held awaiting sentencing.

“You’ve got some hard time in front of you,” Gibbons said. “Make the most of it. Use the time to change your life.”

In a plea agreement, Jarboe pleaded guilty to trafficking in a controlled substance. In exchange, the state dropped a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

He also admitted two probation violations on prior felony convictions.

Both parties agreed to recommend a maximum five-year sentence. Gibbons did not impose a possible fine of up to $50,000.

Jarboe’s attorney, William Cole, said his client had debts of $20,000.

The state also agreed not to add an enhancement reflecting Jarboe’s third felony conviction.

Jarboe admitted possessing 12-1/2 grams of methylone, a stimulant, when he was arrested Aug. 16 at a drug raid in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Gibbons recommended the jail allow Jarboe to visit with his son.