PARIS – A man who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in October was sentenced to serve six months of a four-year prison sentence Friday.

Jarrod J. Sawyer, 35, of 44 River Road in Buckfield pleaded guilty to an amended charge of Class B trafficking in cocaine in October. Other charges on drugs and violating conditions of release were dismissed.

Sawyer will serve three years probation and pay a $400 fine.

Sawyer was initially charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in cocaine after selling the drug to an undercover agent of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Paris on Aug. 3, 2005.

According to a sentencing memorandum by Assistant Attorney General David Fisher, Sawyer sold 3.5 grams of cocaine for $185. Fisher said the amount was three times the normal sale amount and argued that Sawyer had access to greater quantities of cocaine.

Fisher said in court that the incident occurred when Sawyer was on federal probation for a firearms offense and bail conditions for two drug charges.

“It just shows that this individual was out of control,” Fisher said.

The probation for the federal offense was revoked, and Sawyer recently served two years in a federal prison in New Jersey.

In his memorandum, Fisher argued that Sawyer should serve four years of a six-year sentence. He cited several prior convictions against Sawyer, including trafficking and marijuana cultivation.

Defense attorney David Van Dyke recommended that he serve 45 days of a 10-month sentence.

“Jarrod has a surprisingly significant support network,” he said.

Three family members and the grandmother of Sawyer’s ex-wife spoke at the sentencing on hiss behalf.

“Jarrod has changed a lot since he’s been in all this trouble,” said Tina Cotton, Sawyer’s sister. “He’s nothing like he used to be.”

“I’d like to say that I’m sorry for what I did,” Sawyer said in a brief statement. “I take responsibility for what I did. I just want to be with my boys.”

Justice Robert E. Crowley agreed with Van Dyke’s recommendation that the sentence include a long underlying prison sentence.

“I see you back here, I will remember you, and you can expect to serve the balance of that underlying term,” Crowley warned.

Sawyer will begin his sentence Monday.


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