Fort Mohave man sentenced to prison 11 years after conviction
KINGMAN — A Fort Mohave man who spent more than a decade as a fugitive from justice was sentenced this week to four years in prison, more than 11 years after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to charge of attempted sale of methamphetamine.
Jerry Jenkins, 62, failed to show for his March 20, 2008, sentencing hearing. A warrant for his arrest was issued five days later. Jenkins was arrested in March of this year and returned to the Mohave County courthouse for sentencing on Tuesday.
“There’s lots of reasons I didn’t go to my sentencing,” Jenkins told Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert. He said he was battling cancer and had lost his wife at the time.
Defense attorney Kenneth Beane said that a methamphetamine addiction is Jenkins’ biggest problem, and that maybe he can get clean during a short prison sentence. He also noted that his client is gainfully employed and Jenkins expressed hope for a chance at probation.
Lambert rejected probation, citing Jenkins’ four previous felony convictions and a prior 30-month stint in prison. Lambert ordered the four-year prison term.