County jail sentence for man who faces federal charges

A Youngsville man will stay in the county jail as a result of a sentence handed down Friday.

Nicholas J. Barnes, 29, was sentenced to eight to 23 months on charges of obstructing the administration law and disorderly conduct.

The obstruction charge stems from him slamming a door into a police officer, causing injuries to the officer.

Barnes was also yelling, making threats, swearing, pushing furniture around and breaking glass during the incident.

Authorities allege that he also threatened to smash the mouth of the person who made the 911 call, telling them he was not afraid to go to prison for it.

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Francis Waweru, told the court on Friday that his client has detainers out of Crawford County.

“He would like to resolve those matters as soon as possible,” he said.

“Mr. Barnes doesn’t seem to get it,” District Attorney Rob Greene said, saying he has “no respect for authority whatsoever.”

President Judge Maureen Skerda said she is giving Barnes “one last chance locally” and sentenced him to eight to 23 months in county prison with credit for 205 days time served, $825 in fines and fees, a no contact/trespass order, anger management and healthy relationship programming and participation in the COG program on a count of obstructing the administration of law as well as one year probation on a count of disorderly conduct.

Barnes also faces a charge from federal authorities for his role in a regional methamphetamine ring centered in Grand Valley

The case started with a local Warren County Drug Task Force investigation at “The Farm,” which is located at 530 Hunter School Road.

“During the height of the network’s activity,” prosecutors detail in a memo, “the members of the (drug trafficking organization) trafficked an estimated one hundred pounds or more of methamphetamine repackaged and distributed out to rural residences.”

Barnes faces a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

He had been in federal custody but was released to a Youngsville address in early 2021.


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