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San Juan man gets 10 days for driving offense; found innocent of meth charges

A San Juan Island man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving with a suspended license, but was found innocent by a jury of a more serious drug-related offense.

On April 10, Timothy Wayne Stephens, 43, was ordered to serve 10 days in jail after being convicted by a jury the week before of third-degree driving with license suspended, a misdemeanor.

Stephens, whose license, according to court documents, had been suspended for failure to make child-support payments, was credited with having already served the 10-day jail term. He was also ordered to pay $550 in fines and fees, and to serve two years probation.

Stephens was pulled over in October for driving with a defective taillight and charged with driving with a suspended license and with possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, as a result of the traffic infraction. He allegedly had a small amount of meth in his vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

He was acquitted of the drug offense by a jury following a trial in Superior Court.

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