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The People v. John Arlan Godown

April 11, 2012

THE PEOPLE, PLAINTIFF AND RESPONDENT,
v.
JOHN ARLAN GODOWN, DEFENDANT AND APPELLANT.



(Super. Ct. No. 08F5874)

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Mauro , J.

P. v. Godown

CA3

NOT TO BE PUBLISHED

California Rules of Court, rule 8.1115(a), prohibits courts and parties from citing or relying on opinions not certified for publication or ordered published, except as specified by rule 8.1115(b). This opinion has not been certified for publication or ordered published for purposes of rule 8.1115.

Appointed counsel for defendant John Arlan Godown asked this court to review the record to determine whether there are any arguable issues on appeal. (People v. Wende (1979) 25 Cal.3d 436 (Wende).) We find no arguable error and no entitlement to additional presentence credit. We will affirm the judgment.

I

On July 16, 2008, Redding police officers learned defendant was in possession of a substantial amount of methamphetamine and had changed his address. He was on parole at the time. Officers went to defendant's new residence and arrested him. Officers then searched the residence and found four 1-ounce bags of methamphetamine, a glass pipe of the type used to smoke methamphetamine, and a gram scale.

Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of possession of a controlled substance. (Health & Saf. Code, § 11377.) Defendant admitted seven prior prison term allegations (Pen. Code, §667.5, subd. (b)) in a bifurcated proceeding. The trial court sentenced defendant to a 10-year prison term consisting of three years for the possession conviction and seven consecutive one-year terms for the prior prison term allegations. The trial court suspended execution of sentence and placed defendant on probation for three years, subject to various conditions including successful completion of a drug program through Teen Challenge.

Defendant was released to Teen Challenge in early April 2009, but he left the program on June 8, 2009 without informing the probation department of where he was going. The probation department did not know defendant's whereabouts until late October 2009 when it learned he was in Chico. The People filed a petition to revoke probation alleging defendant left Teen Challenge and absconded from supervision. Defendant admitted violating probation.

At the sentencing hearing, defendant testified that he left Teen Challenge (1) because they refused to treat his dangerously high blood pressure, and (2) so he could care for his seriously ill wife. The trial court imposed the suspended 10-year prison term, ordered various fines and fees, and awarded 532 days of presentence credit (266 actual and 266 conduct). The trial court later amended the credit award to 292 days actual and 292 days conduct.

Defendant did not obtain a certificate of probable cause.

II

Appointed counsel filed an opening brief that sets forth the facts of the case and asks this court to review the record and determine whether there are any arguable issues on appeal. (Wende, supra, 25 Cal.3d 436.) Defendant was advised by counsel of the right to file a ...


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