Man gets probation and community service after pleading guilty to meth possession

POCATELLO — A Pocatello man who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance has received community service and probation.

Jarom Arthur Blackburn, 36, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and four years of probation with a discretionary jail term of 120 days by District Judge Robert Naftz for the felony charge, according to the court records.

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Blackburn reached a plea deal with the Bannock County District Attorney’s Office in March. As part of that deal, he pleaded guilty to one felony for possession of methamphetamine.

In exchange, the prosecutor dismissed a separate felony possession charge, as well as a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon enhancement and a misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia charge.

Blackburn had been accused of punching a man multiple times before shooting him in December 2020. All charges related to that incident were dismissed, as part of the plea deal.

He was arrested again in February when he was found in possession of methamphetamine.

In addition to community service and felony probation, Blackburn was ordered to pay a total of $1,214.50.

Naftz suspended a prison sentence of three to six years, instead sentencing Blackburn to 99 days in jail.

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Norma P. Rex