first_img“This has been a really, really tough year.”Those were repeat defendant Nathan Gadberry’s final words Wednesday before being sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug charges. The sentence includes a two-year enhancement because the jury returned a special finding that the crimes were committed in a school zone.The 38-year-old Yacolt man, who was acquitted of serious felonies by juries twice in the last year, was convicted by a jury on Feb. 10 with co-defendant Danielle Newton of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver. Newton’s sentencing was postponed so the judge could consider her for the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, which would combine treatment with the sentence.In handing down his sentence Wednesday, Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier said he would not consider the other two trials because Gadberry was not convicted. But he said he would consider the more than five felony convictions on his record, as well as numerous misdemeanors.Gadberry’s court-appointed attorney, Jason Bailes, had asked the judge to also consider the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative for Gadberry. The attorney said his client was an addict, but not a ringleader of methamphetamine dealing in Clark County.“It’s not a shock to the evidence that, yes, I’m a drug addict,” Gadberry said, when it was his turn to speak. “I don’t go out robbing people. I’m a drug addict.”last_img read more