Meth case: Ex-deputy to serve four years.
Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard
A former Coos County Coos County is the name of two counties in the United States:
Damon Richard Yanes II, 35, quit his job as a jail deputy after he began drinking when his marriage failed, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. court records.
"I went from alcohol to drugs. From there it was over," Yanes told U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken Ann L. Aiken (born December 29, 1951) is a United States District Court judge for the District of Oregon.
Aiken was born in Salem, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1974, Rutgers University in 1976, and the University of Oregon School of Law in 1979. in an earlier court hearing. "When I did drugs, nothing else mattered. I blew everything. My house. My car. My savings. My retirement. Everything went so quick."
Yanes then began selling drugs in order to have drugs to use. Undercover investigators bought meth meth
Methamphetamine hydrochloride. from Yanes and he became one of 25 suspects arrested last year in Coos and Douglas counties in an 18-month undercover operation dubbed dub 1
tr.v. dubbed, dub·bing, dubs
1. To tap lightly on the shoulder by way of conferring knighthood.
2. To honor with a new title or description.
3. "Black Ice."
Yanes cooperated with investigators, took responsibility for his crimes and entered drug treatment while awaiting the conclusion of his case.
He could have faced a much stiffer sentence, but investigation by defense lawyer Robert Schrank determined that the drugs Yanes sold weighed a fraction of a gram less than 50 grams, the benchmark weight for a longer sentence under federal sentencing guidelines The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are rules that set out a uniform sentencing policy for convicted defendants in the United States federal court system. The Guidelines are the product of the United States Sentencing Commission and are part of an overall federal sentencing reform , according to court records.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Papagni said Yanes was well aware of the devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. impact of meth use from his experience working in a jail.
"He was making the same things true for other people. They were using drugs he was selling," Papagni said.
Aiken commended Yanes for his efforts to recover from addiction, but reminded him that he'd betrayed an oath to protect his community and his former peers in law enforcement.
"Think what risk you put on your colleagues," she told him. "Think of all the kids whose parents are going to be put away because you sold them drugs. You have a lot of repair work to do."
She encouraged him to work to come out of prison and be a productive citizen.
"I did have a good life at one time," Yanes said. "I'll never do this again."
In January, Yanes came to court expecting a 70-month prison term. However federal probation The Federal Probation Service or United States Probation Service is an agency that services the United States District Court in all 94 judicial federal districts nationwide and constitutes the community corrections arm of the Federal Court System. officer Lynn Purdue noticed another provision of federal sentencing laws that lowered his presumed sentence.
In Thursday's sentencing hearing, Aiken commended Purdue and lawyers in the case for ensuring that Yanes got a fair sentence under federal law. She allowed Yanes until mid-May to settle family matters before beginning the prison term.