Probation violation earns man jail term |

Probation violation earns man jail term

Staff Reports

A 25-year-old Gardnerville man, who tried to use a relative’s identity when he was arrested at a traffic stop, was reinstated on probation on Monday, but ordered to serve 90 days in Douglas County Jail for a violation.

According to reports, Jordan Keeney violated probation just days after he was sentenced in February by using methamphetamine, failing to report, or to participate in Western Regional Drug Court.

He had been given a suspended sentence for a gross misdemeanor drug charge, following his arrest Jan. 13.

He was stopped because his license plate light was out.

According to reports, Keeney gave a relative’s name, but deputies recognized him by his tattoos, and prior contacts. In searching his vehicle, they found a pipe, scale and pills.

Keeney’s lawyer, Jamie Henry, said her client was asking for another chance. He said he turned himself in a week after he used methamphetamine.

“I saw the road I was going down,” Keeney said.

Probation officer Tami Matus asked that Keeney’s probation be revoked.

“He failed to report, he had his attorney call on his behalf so he would not be arrested. He certainly has not made any forward steps on his part to complete probation.” Matus said.

Prosecutor Erik Levin agreed.

“When you have somebody who hasn’t done anything, and this offense was committed while he was on probation from New Mexico,” Levin said. “There is no indication he is going to do anything you asked him to do.”

Keeney was incarcerated in New Mexico two different times for drug offenses.

Keeney said he wanted to enter drug court “to do something successful with my life.”

By turning himself in, District Judge Michael Gibbons said Keeney offered “some glimmer of hope.”

But, Gibbons said, there had to be a consequence.

He reinstated Keeney’s probation, and ordered him to serve 90 days in jail with credit for 12 days in custody.

Keeney must complete drug court and pay supervision fees.

“I’m not expecting a lot,” Gibbons said. “I hope you can fool us all, and say, ‘I’ve seen the light,’ and turn your life around. If not, you’ll probably serve the rest of the six months in jail.”