A 40-year-old Pasco man with an "extremely checkered past" got a break in court this week because prosecutors said he has made a change in the right direction and a lengthy prison sentence should be avoided.
Reginald Delano Calhoun was sentenced in Benton County Superior Court after previously pleading guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to deliver and possessing marijuana with intent to deliver.
He faced a sentencing range on the cocaine charge of five to 10 years in prison, but Deputy Prosecutor Art Bieker asked for an exceptional sentence downward of one year in jail. Calhoun was given credit for time served in federal custody and time in treatment.
Bieker said Calhoun spent eight months in federal custody while federal prosecutors considered prosecuting the case. Once the case was resolved at the state level, a residential Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative option was going to be recommended at sentencing, but Calhoun already has completed the recommended drug treatment and now is not allowed in the program, court documents said.
Attorneys said the best option is to allow Calhoun to keep up with treatment on his own and avoid the lengthy prison sentence.
Defense attorney Bob Thompson said his client has done all the right things and has turned his life around.
"I'm on a different path now," Calhoun told Judge Vic VanderSchoor after apologizing to the court.
Calhoun was stopped by Kennewick police in July 2010 for a noise complaint while driving, documents said.
Officers determined he was driving under the influence and smelled of intoxicants and marijuana. After being arrested, officers found $3,390 in cash divided into five bundles, along with a small amount of marijuana, documents said.
Calhoun reportedly told officers that he smelled like marijuana because "I smoke it 24-7," documents said.
Calhoun also said he had cash because he sold marijuana and about $200 worth of pot was in the trunk of the car. When officers searched the car, they found seven wrapped packages of marijuana and a substance that tested positive for cocaine, documents said.
Kennewick man agrees to plea deal for fight with son
A 47-year-old Kennewick man took a plea deal and received credit for seven days spent in jail after admitting to assaulting his teenage son earlier this year.
Robert Scott Conrad pleaded guilty this week in Benton County Superior Court to a reduced charge of fourth-degree assault with domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor. He had been charged with a felony offense of second-degree assault with domestic violence.
Conrad, who appeared in court with a service dog, will have to undergo domestic violence perpetrator evaluation and treatment.
Deputy Prosecutor Megan Whitmire, in court documents, said the reduced charge was appropriate given the circumstances of the case. She said it still holds Conrad accountable for his actions, while taking into consideration the actions of his 15-year-old son.
Conrad was arrested July 28 after Kennewick police were called to their home for a domestic disturbance.
When they arrived, they found Conrad, who was said to be highly intoxicated, with a cut under his eye and blood on his chest, documents said.
They discovered Conrad and his son had gotten into a fight about chores not being done.
Conrad punched his son in the face, hitting him above his right eye and causing him to fall back into the bathtub. He then continued to throw punches at his son, while the teen tried to block the blows, documents said.
The teen ended up with a cut over his eye that needed four stitches and he had a broken nose.
After reviewing the 911 tape and photographs taken of Conrad's injuries, Whitmire said that the tapes show Conrad is the one who called police and the son could be heard yelling and swearing at his father in the background, documents said.
Whitmire also said photographs of Conrad's injuries, which were taken days later, showed they were more severe than first thought.
Conrad said he could claim self-defense but wanted to take advantage of the nonfelony plea offer.
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