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Two men sentenced to prison in separate cases
Both men were sentenced to two years as part of plea agreements
FARMINGTON — Two men in separate cases have reached plea agreements for a seventh DWI offense and a charge of trafficking a controlled substance.
George Miller, 47, pleaded no contest to a second-degree felony count of trafficking a controlled substance on Aug. 30 during a hearing in Aztec District Court, according to a copy of the plea agreement.
Miller and Jerry Rash, 25, were accused of having three bundles of methamphetamine weighing a total of about 2.9 pounds that was found during a search of a vehicle driven by Miller on March 3, 2017, according to The Daily Times archives.
Rash's case is still pending in Aztec District Court.
Miller's plea agreement includes the dismissal of three charges, including conspiracy to commit trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
Arlon Stoker, Miller's attorney, said Miller faced upward of a decade in prison, but the San Juan County District Attorney's Office agreed to cap his prison time at two years. After weighing his options, Miller agreed to the plea agreement.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said the plea agreement was a fair resolution for the defendant, adding the DA's Office typically doesn't get the full nine years of prison time on a trafficking controlled substance conviction.
Prosecutors believe Rash is more culpable or accountable in allegedly obtaining the meth, O'Brien said.
Miller probably will be incarcerated for about 11 months with credit for time served pending trial, Stoker said.
In the other case, a Farmington man was convicted of his seventh DWI charge after agreeing to a plea agreement during a Sept. 5 hearing in Aztec District Court.
Lennie Begay, 43, was charged for allegedly attempting to evade police along U.S. Highway 64 while driving while intoxicated, according to The Daily Time archives.
Begay led police on a pursuit on the east side of Farmington on Dec. 26 and was eventually arrested north of the San Juan County Adult Detention Center at the intersection of Andrea Drive and Melissa Street.
His blood-alcohol content registered at 0.09 at the county jail.
As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution asked for Begay to serve the mandatory minimum of two years on the conviction and for a suspension of the rest of the sentence.
Two charges, including driving with a revoked license, were dismissed.
Adam Bell, Begay's attorney, said the plea agreement was in his client's best interest, and Begay will serve his sentence at a state residential treatment center and will get credit for time served.
O'Brien said since Begay's last conviction was in May 2006, the prosecution did agree to him serving the mandatory minimum in the case.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.