Carson man’s sentence on meth charge: 25 years
May 6, 2013
A Carson City man, convicted by a jury of trafficking a pound of methamphetamine crystals and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with eligibility for parole after 10 years.
Jose Garcia-Gaona also was sentenced to a year to 34 months on both counts of possession of a controlled substance. The two lesser charges with run concurrent with the 25-year sentence.
District Court Judge James Russell followed the recommendation of the division of parole and probation and based that on Gaona's relatively small criminal record and the quantity of meth in question.
"The danger it could have done (to the community) is deplorable," Russell said.
Garcia-Gaona told the judge through an interpreter that the drugs belonged to an 18-year-old man. The court heard during the preliminary hearing that the 18-year-old was asked to help retrieve an impounded car he had previously sold Garcia-Gaona. Charges against the 18-year-old were dropped in October.
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Stefan Davis, who was found not guilty of DUI causing substantial bodily harm but guilty of DUI, was sentenced to a day in jail and a $400 fine. Davis was allowed to enter into a special DUI treatment program commonly called 484 for the Nevada law it falls under.
Davis was convicted and sentenced for the DUI following a July 2012 incident on Winnie Lane that sent a jogger to the hospital via Care Flight.
The victim testified at the sentencing about the pain she had suffered, and continues to suffer, as a result of being hit.
"I still have what feels like pebbles in my forehead," she said, reading from a statement. She also told the court she suffered a broken neck and had to endure a neck brace, which aggravated her sense of claustrophobia.
"I lived in constant pain and fear," she said.
The effects of the crash are also cognitive and her ability to learn has been greatly diminished, she said.
Davis will be finished with his treatment and supervision by July 24, his lawyer said.
ALSO IN DISTRICT COURT
• David Stone, 57, of Carson City was arraigned on two charges of sexual assault against a child under 14. If convicted, he would face a sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 35 years on each count. Trial was set for Oct. 29 and is expected to last three to four days.
• Marco Meza Jr. was sentenced on a charge of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell. Judge Russell granted him diversion and made drug court a condition of the diversion program.