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Ex-prosecutor gets jail time in Vegas drug case

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Former Deputy District Attorney David Schubert appears for sentencing on cocaine possession charges in the courtroom of Judge Douglas Herndon at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Schubert was sentenced Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, to a maximum of 40 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A former top drug prosecutor who handled the Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars cocaine possession plea deals in Las Vegas has been sentenced to nine months in jail in his own felony cocaine possession case.

Clark County District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth sternly chastised former Deputy District Attorney David Schubert Monday and called a plea deal that would have gotten him probation and a chance to clear his record "offensive."

Schubert pleaded guilty in September to felony drug possession.

Another judge took himself off the case in December, saying he didn't agree with the plea deal.

Schubert quit the prosecutor's office and underwent substance abuse counseling after his arrest last March with a $40 rock of crack cocaine.

The judge set a March 12 date for Schubert to report to jail.

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  1. Do others go to jail for a first offense possession? Clearly the man had a personal addiction problem.

    Why the bell is this judge so inclined to give him jail time? He wasn't accused with wrongdoing while on the job.

    This man abused a substance at home - there is NO indication that he engaged in criminal activity while on the job.

    If this judge wants to make a point - why doesn't this judge sentence EVERY person convicted on a first offense for crack possession?

    At the end of the day - we have ONE person who personally abused a substance - a substance that caused individual harm to himself. What will 9 months in jail do?

    This man, if not already, needs help with his substance abuse NOT jail time.

    Sure he was a prosecutor - but I haven't read ANYTHING alleging this man committed wrong doing while on the job.

  2. this man got caught purchasing cocaine in a neighborhood with a gun and 50 some odd rounds in his possession. Know you're facts dude. I think it's a little steep, but he was PROSECUTING others WHILE ADDICTED TO COCAINE.

  3. I have to wonder what the penalty would have been if he'd been African-American and a non-attorney? Only 9 months and $ 5,000 - really?