As first reported by Rich Hammond, Lisa Dillman and Kimberly de la Cruz, Jarret Stoll has been charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance by Clark County, Nevada. The charge stems from Stoll’s April 17 arrest at the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool in Las Vegas.
If convicted of a felony, Stoll faces a maximum of four years in state prison but could receive a suspended sentence and probation at the discretion of the judge, according to information provided by the Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney’s Office.
David Chesnoff, Stoll’s attorney in Las Vegas, said there have been discussions with the district attorney. “I’m hopeful there will be a fair resolution,” Chesnoff said.
Stoll, who turns 33 on Wednesday, is due in court on July 1, the day he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. As noted by Hammond, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly did not respond specifically to whether Stoll would be suspended by the league.
Earlier this month, Dean Lombardi spoke candidly about the team’s off-ice issues in light of the arrests of Stoll and Slava Voynov, and said that the team is planning on bringing Chris Herren in to speak with the team about the dangers of drug usage.
“We go out of our way to try and know them personally as human beings. I think it’s one of the reasons we’ve always had that family affect around here. But, clearly, we can do more,” Lombardi said on June 2. “Maybe whether it’s the coaches and managers, the personnel people, if those people could open up to us, maybe we could’ve been aware of this potentially happening. That’s the first step. The second thing, and this is what I said with the Voynov thing, I walked down to Jeff Solomon’s office and said ‘This is my fault.’ I’ll tell you a story. We neglected to educate our players. We spend time teaching them systems, nutrition, and everything else, but we missed a big step here in terms of insuring that they understand right and wrong and that this has to be reinforced, not only as a human being, but as somebody who is representative of your community.”