A Phoenix Criminal Attorney who was addicted to methamphetamine allowed
his dependence on the drug to cloud his judgment and as a result, he was
sentenced to four years imprisonment on Friday. He was also sentenced
to seven years probation for smuggling heroin and a cellular phone into a prison.
The name of the Phoenix Criminal Lawyer is Jason Keller and he delivered
the smuggled goods to a prisoner who belonged to a Mexican Mafia. This
lawyer admitted to carrying out this illegal task during the proceeding
at the Maricopa County Superior Court. He made an apology to his clients
and his loved ones for dishonoring the legal profession.
Keller was a defense attorney and he admitted that he made the mistake
of being abused by drugs even though he had seen his past clients making
the same mistake. He said that he understood he had done a lot of damage
and that he wanted to fix the damage. Keller also hoped that one day he
would be able to redeem himself and that he was not of the opinion that
being in the prison for a long term would be of any good.
The prosecutors wanted Keller to be in jail for up to a decade but Steven
Lynch, the Commissioner, felt that the Keller was regretting his action
and he also did not have any criminal record before. Moreover, the attorney
was also a victim of substance abuse and was clinically depressed.
Lynch said that it was terrible and that he knew that the public knew it
was a terrible thing to do. He also said that the benefit of the situation
was that it was discovered sooner than later before any damage was made.
Keller's lawyer, Ulises Ferragut Jr., requested for a three-year sentence;
which is the minimum permitted under a plea bargain.