A 17-year-old Carson City resident, certified as an adult, was granted a deferred sentence Tuesday and ordered to successfully complete Western Regional Drug Court.
District Judge Dave Gamble ordered Daniel Keenan Crawford to remain in custody until May 9, the next drug court session.
“I was struck by the rather unusual circumstances of a 17-year-old completely trying to ruin his body and mind with drugs,” Gamble said. “I don’t know why you are so committed to wasting your life.”
Crawford pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was accused of selling more than 60 grams of marijuana to a confidential informant.
According to investigators, during questioning Crawford allegedly admitted sales in Douglas County and Carson City to as many as 25-50 customers.
According to reports, Crawford allegedly is a validated “Juggalo” gang member and his residence was known as a gang hangout.
“Juggalos” is the name given to followers of Insane Clown Posse, or other Psychopathic Records hip-hop groups.
Gamble asked Crawford why he “chooses to paint your face black and white, use drugs, and act stupid?”
Lawyer Kris Brown said Crawford’s gang affiliation was “just a substitute for family, friends, people who think alike and can support each other.”
She said it also indicated Crawford’s immaturity.
She said Brown’s juvenile and adult criminal history indicated a deep drug dependency.
Crawford said he had two jobs lined up, talked to school officials, and arranged a ride to drug court.
“I think a lot of it has to do with peer acceptance, and bad self-esteem. I get down easily,” Crawford said.
“Why don’t you turn around and see some other people who are down and who love you?” Gamble said, referring to Crawford’s family. “The very idea I have a 17-year-old in front of me in belly chains is so offensive to me.”
Gamble pointed out to Crawford he had the authority to send him to prison for up to six years, “one-third of your life.”
Gamble said he would consider a regimental discipline program, but wanted Crawford to complete drug court first.
“I think the drug problem needs to be addressed head on. If you choose to fail in this, you will have lost the very best opportunity you have,” Gamble said. “You may need to find self-esteem some place, but you need to not break the law and use drugs. If you continue to do this, we’ll just watch you go down the drain.”