A 40-year-old Fruitland man told a judge this week he plans to leave his drug past behind and work to better himself while serving nearly five years in federal prison.
In a hand-written letter sent to U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge from the Washington County Jail in Weiser, Joshua S. Finley said he plans to obtain a college degree in botany and biology and abstain from drugs and alcohol.
“This time in jail has helped me to take time and reflect. More than not, I have found myself in a state of regret and then remorse and finally coming to a place determined to change for the better (for myself and for society),” Finley wrote in a letter received by the court on Tuesday.
Finley pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin. A second charge of possession with intent to distribute was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
Lodge on Tuesday sentenced Finley to 57 months in prison followed by four years of supervised parole. Finley was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service.
Finley and co-defendants Kevin T. Glascock, 63, of Payette and Mickey R. “Tremor” Witt, 25, of Redmond, Ore., were arrested by Idaho State Police in Payette County after being caught with 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine and 0.6-ounce of heroin.
Details of the conspiracy are not available. Plea agreements with Finley and his two co-defendants were filed with the court under seal. Such agreements are typically available to the public.
“I cannot share any information beyond what the unsealed court documents state,” Becky Early, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise, wrote in an email following a request for the documents by the Statesman.
Glascock, who also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge, was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervision.
In 2004, the Weiser office of the state probation and parole office began supervising Glascock for a conviction in Oregon for possession, delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. He was released from supervision in 2007.
Witt pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy. He is scheduled to appear before Lodge for sentencing Nov. 12. His pre-trial release was revoked at the same time and Witt was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
In May 2014, Witt was injured after getting hit over the head with a knife during a disagreement over borrowed money with another man in Redmond. Witt suffered a skull fracture and a cut to the head. He told a Redmond police officer he had gone to the house of Willie Dean McDowell, 54, to settle a $150 debt, according to the Bend Bulletin.
That incident took place two months after Witt was arrested on a meth delivery charge in Redmond. He was later placed on probation in that case.