A Dayton man convicted in Walla Walla County Superior Court of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, attempting to evade police and possession of stolen property will receive an alternative sentence rather than a extended prison term.
Skylar I. Glasby, 33, had his most serious charges, including assault and shooting while driving, dismissed when he recently pleaded guilty.
He received an alternative sentence for drug offenders on Friday, June 3, following his guilty plea to drug possession, attempting to evade law enforcement and second-degree possession of stolen property.
DOSA sentences were created in Washington in 1995 and allow incarcerated offenders with substance abuse problems to receive a reduced prison sentence in exchange for completing a drug treatment program.
In Glasby’s case, the standard range for his crimes and someone with his record is 20 months to five years in prison.
Glasby will spend another 20 months locked up while undergoing treatment. Then another 20 months of supervised treatment outside of custody, followed by 12 months of Department of Corrections supervision.
Judge Brandon L. Johnson chose the sentence Friday even after a Department of Corrections investigation found Glasby not a good candidate for the program. Johnson was disappointed that the inquest did not include an interview with Glasby himself.
Glasby’s attorney, Nicholas Holce, objected to the DOC report citing charges that were ultimately dismissed against Glasby as the reason he did not qualify for the DOSA sentence.
Walla Walla County Chief Assistant District Attorney Gabe Acosta objected to Glasby receiving the DOSA sentence, saying the amount of drugs Glasby had on him was too high for him to qualify.
However, Holce argued that the amounts did not appear anywhere in the document of the charge to which he pleaded guilty, nor were they mentioned in Glasby’s statement of facts admitting the crime.
Therefore, he argued, the amount of drugs in his possession remains unproven.
Johnson’s decision also came after hearing from Glasby himself, who told the judge it was the first time he had been given the opportunity – and wanted – to seek treatment.
Glasby said one of the reasons he pleaded guilty was so he could participate in DOSA and get help.
The judge said he believed this treatment program was in the best interests of Glasby and the public. He also asked Glasby to “prove (him) right”.
“I will, your honor,” Glasby said. “The next time you see me, you’ll know you made the right decision.”