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Caught With An Ounce of Meth, Man Avoids State Prison

Instead, a Superior Court judge decides to send Jesse Lin Antolin to Napa State Hospital.

 

A man found in possession of an ounce of methamphetamine at a Millbrae motel will avoid jail time and instead be sent to Napa State Hospital.

Jesse Lin Antolin, a 48-year-old San Francisco man, was found in possession of the drugs on January 21, 2011, at the Millbrae Fairfield Inn. He also had $10,000 in cash in his possession at the time, mostly in $20 bills.

According to the San Mateo County district attorney's office, Antolin had five prior felony convictions for possession of methamphetamine for sale and five separate state prison commitments for felonies between 1994 and 2008.

On Friday, Acting Criminal Presiding Judge Lisa Novak took the recommendation of two court appointed doctors who concluded Antolin was not competent to stand trial, and agreed to place the man at Napa State Hospital for treatment.

County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe notes that under new realignment laws, Antolin's offense would have been considered a a non-serious felony only punishable by a sentence in county jail; the offender could not have been sentenced to the Department Of Corrections.

Wagstaffe expects Antolin to be transferred from the county jail to Napa within the next week. He would be able to stay a maximum of three years at the Hospital.

Antolin was represented by defense attorney Steve Chase.

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