Man admits giving pot to daughters

A plea agreement calls for 12 years in prison for a man accused of regularly providing marijuana for his two daughters, ages 6 and 7.

Jack Dalton Duke, 28, of Grand Junction, pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to a single count of distribution of marijuana to a minor.

When asked by District Judge Valerie Robison why he agreed to the deal, Duke replied, “So I’m not looking at more time than I think I should do.”

Duke faced a maximum 48 years in prison if convicted on charges including distribution, and if found to be a habitual criminal.

Free on bond after his arrest on suspicion of failure to register as a sex offender, Duke was arrested in October following an investigation by Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers. The task force was involved in the case after Duke’s 6-year-old daughter came forward to officials at a local elementary school and claimed she “smokes weed” with her father when she doesn’t feel well, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The girl said her father instructed her how to inhale when he would blow smoke in her face.

Duke’s children were placed into the custody of the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

Interviewed by authorities, Duke initially denied providing marijuana to the girls. He later said he did provide them marijuana, but he never allowed them to use before going to school.


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