Khamis, Oktober 19, 2006

81-year-old man faces prison time for drug conviction

81-year-old man faces prison time for drug conviction:
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An 81-year-old man faces up to 12 years in prison after being convicted of selling methamphetamine and crack cocaine to confidential informants in 2004 and 2005.

Calvin D. Ott wore headphones hooked up to a microphone in court on Friday so he could better hear the jury's verdict.

Ott will get at least two years added onto whatever sentence he receives this week because a jury found that he sold meth within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop in Lacey.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Don Smith said Ott is the oldest drug dealer he's encountered.

"My experience in the whole criminal justice system is that people tend to stop with their criminal activity as they mature and get older," Smith said.

A Thurston County Superior Court jury convicted Ott of one count each of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and unlawful delivery of cocaine. Ott also was convicted of one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.

The jury acquitted Ott of a single count of bail-jumping, a charge stemming from Ott's failure to appear at a court hearing.

The drug charges stemmed from two cases. In one monitored by Lacey police, Ott sold meth to an informant during a controlled buy in 2004, prosecutors said. In the other, monitored by Olympia police, an informant came to Ott's home in Olympia in 2005 and bought crack cocaine.

At trial, Ott maintained that the Lacey informant was mad at him and must have hidden drugs in her car before telling police Ott sold them to her, and that the Olympia informant also was mad at him, because Ott had accused her of burglarizing his home.
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