5 months for sentence delayed 2 years

A 22-year-old Aberdeen man turned himself in for sentencing earlier this month — two years late.

Johnathon L. Pluff pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in 2010 and was released prior to sentencing. On Jan. 3, he turned himself in.

“He does understand it was a large mistake and the family issues he was experiencing at that time don’t overcome that fact,” Pluff’s attorney, Robert Ehrhardt, said Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court.

Pluff said he initially missed sentencing because a close friend was dying, and he now has a 7-month-old son.

“That is part of the — I don’t want to say excuse, but reasoning,” Ehrhardt said.

Since his guilty plea, Ehrhardt noted Pluff had made many positive changes. He’s enrolled in drug treatment, works for the Quinault Indian Nation,

“All I can say is I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have been so irresponsible,” Pluff said.

“It’s one thing not to appear for a sentencing hearing and have some kind of an excuse for it. It’s another thing to not appear for sentencing and ignore it for two years,” Judge David Edwards said.

Ehrhardt requested 90 days in jail with 30 days converted to community service, but Edwards sentenced Pluff to five months in jail.