Receiving, concealing yields jail term.

April 25, 2016
Jason Barnes with his attorney, John Greer.

Jason Barnes with his attorney, John Greer.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 36-year-old Hesperia man was sentenced to serve eight months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 25, for a conviction of receiving and concealing stolen property $1,000-$20,0000.

Jason Marshall Barnes, of 1670 S. 186th Ave., pleaded “no contest” to the charge last month. In exchange for his plea, one count of larceny $1,000-$20,000 was dismissed.

Barnes, who received credit for 62 days served in jail, may serve his imposed jail time in an inpatient substance abuse treatment program, said Judge Anthony A. Monton. “It’s approved as long as he’s confined,” Monton said Monday, and if the probation department allows it. Barnes was also ordered to pay over $1,700 in restitution that is joint and several with his co-defendants. He was also ordered to not to use alcohol or drugs.

Barnes’ attorney, John Greer, said his client has “a serious drug problem.”

Barnes pleaded guilty, April 11, to a felony charge of resisting and opposing police after he tried to flee from an Oceana County Sheriff bailiff deputy and a courthouse security guard last February. As part of a plea agreement, Barnes’ sentence for the resisting police conviction will run concurrently with the other case, Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said previously.

After Barnes failed to appear for a pretrial hearing last February, Monton issued a bench warrant for his arrest and increased his bond to $50,000 cash/surety.

When Barnes showed up at the courthouse the next day, he was informed by the bailiff deputy that there was a warrant for his arrest. When the deputy advised that he was being placed under arrest, Barnes tried fleeing the courthouse.

A short struggle ensued on the ground, with a security guard drawing his taser but not deploying it.

Sentencing for that conviction is set for May 9 at 9 a.m.