Jack Colby sentenced to three years in jail

Jack Jerry Colby, 70, of Mammoth Lakes.

Jack Jerry Colby, 70, of Mammoth Lakes.

Jack Colby of Mammoth Lakes pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of possession for sales of cocaine. Mono District Attorney Tim Kendall said the court sentenced Colby to three years in local prison. Colby also forfeited around $20,000 in cash and a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at approximately $15,000.

Last September, Mono County Narcotics Task Force agents reported that they had worked with the Sheriff’s Department and Mammoth Police in an investigation involving the sale of cocaine in Mammoth. MONET served a search warrant at Colby’s home and arrested the then 70-year-old man on suspicion of sales of cocaine.

Mono DA Kendall said officers found over a pound and a half of cocaine that was mostly packaged in 417 individual gram baggies. Kendall also said that along with the cocaine, approximately $20,000 in cash, several motorcycles, Colby’s personal vehicle and his residence were seized “based on the belief that they may have been purchased with drug proceeds.”

Kendall said after a financial investigation, Colby had to forfeit the money and the Harley motorcycle. The other motorcycles, vehicle and residence were returned to Colby who will now turn himself in on April 26th. Kendall said Colby will not have probation or parole when he is done with his custody time.

In November, DA Kendall had explained that Colby faced the potential of a double sentence. He explained that if a defendant has a prior felony and is convicted of a new felony, the court can double the sentence of the new offense. In Colby’s case, if he had been found guilty of the drug charges in a trial, his earlier assault conviction could have caused a double sentence.


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10 Responses to Jack Colby sentenced to three years in jail

  1. Big Rick OBrien February 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    What does 3 years in (local) prison mean ? I was under the impression that if you were sentenced to any term over one year, you did STATE time. It’s a total joke if this guy gets to do his time in Bridgeport, where they’ll just make him a trustee and be a financial drain to Mono County. He belongs in STATE PRISON.

    • Benett Kessler February 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

      I’ll check with the DA, but I do know the State is no longer housing all of the inmates they used to.

      • Big AL February 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

        Yes the state no longer take the load it was .. it is burdening the local counties with that load.

  2. Inquiring Minds February 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I wonder how much time here really will serve?

  3. Trouble February 27, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    I wonder how much time he will really do ? L.A. County lets none voilent people out without serving 20% of their time. Arizona makes people serve 85%.

  4. ferdinand lopez February 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    the time does not fit the crime,the damage this guy has done to the town is impossible to gauge,the same is to be said for any drug dealer,they dont care about the problems the drugs theyre selling does to others

  5. sierragrl February 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I have no problem whatsoever with this man being convicted of a crime and serving the sentence for that crime…however, I do have a problem with the confiscation of assets by the government with no accounting of those assets. Where do they go? How are they accounted for? The idea of confiscating ‘drug assets’ may sound enticing, but it may have an intoxicating affect to law enforcement who get to ‘play’ with these assets. I believe the public has a right to know what exactly happens to these assets????

    • Benett Kessler February 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      I will get more on where asset funds go, but note that the Mono DA did conduct a financial investigation regarding whether or not drug proceeds paid for things. As a result, our story reports, the DA returned Colby’s personal vehicle, some motorcycles and his home.

      • Big AL February 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

        If I remember right .. seized assets go toward their restitution for such things as the expense to house them, and any money spent on their conviction etc … ?

  6. Douglas Foley February 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    If I remember right, big Jack will serve 65% of his time as Trustee in the Bridgeport CountryClub, where he’ll have bacon-n-eggs for brekfast, burgers/hobie sandwichs for lunch, ect. ect, and get paid $5 for ea. car he gets to wash ($5 is added to his books as Tip), big Jack has Trustee experience from 93 Assault conviction… 🙂


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