Judge denies Jarred Shaw’s request to reduce probation

Jarred Shaw, who played basketball for Utah State this season, stands next to his lawyer Shannon Demler, in 1st District Court on Monday, March 17, 2014, in Logan, Utah. Shaw was sentenced to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to a third degree felony for possession or use of a controlled substance. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

LOGAN — Former Utah State University basketball center Jarred Shaw was in court Monday, requesting his felony drug charge and probation sentence be reduced.

Shaw appeared in 1st District Court asking a judge to reduce his charge of possessing marijuana from a third-degree felony to a class C misdemeanor.

Shaw was originally sentenced in March to serve 10 days in the Cache County Jail and 36 months probation. He was allowed to complete his jail sentence by serving time on weekends so he could complete his degree at Utah State.

Shaw’s attorney asked for the reduced charge saying Shaw wished to attend basketball training camps and move back near his family in San Antonio, Texas. Currently, because of his probation, Shaw can’t travel outside the state.

State Attorney Spencer Walsh argued the request was premature, citing Shaw has only been on probation for three months.

Judge Kevin Allen said he has tried really hard to treat this case no differently than other cases and said he agreed with the state.

Allen said he would consider reducing Shaw’s charge once he successfully completed probation. He suggested Shaw file an interstate compact, which would allow him to travel outside the state.

Shaw was originally charged with distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony and possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both misdemeanors.

Shaw was suspended by the USU basketball team on December 16, 2013. He was later reinstated after pleading guilty to marijuana possession charges in January.

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