Six Months After Conviction for Honey Oil Manufacturing, Man Takes Plea Deal for Domestic Abuse


Will Be Free Man in 3 Months

By Crescenzo Vellucci

WOODLAND – It’s been a long road for David Ashley Froste, who was found guilty of manufacturing honey oil – an illegal type of concentrated marijuana – last October. He also faced separate charges of domestic abuse and threatening a witness.

Thursday, more than six months after his October 2017 trial, before Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall, the “end,” of sorts, came for Froste when he accepted a plea deal on the domestic abuse charge. He was sentenced to three years in prison for each crime, to be served concurrently.

It could have been worse – the sentence could have been three years served separately for six years.

Now, Froste is expected to serve as little as only three more months after credit for time served – he’s been a house guest of the county of Woodland for a long time, waiting for trial and then final sentencing, according to his attorney,Yolo County Deputy Public Defender Dean Johansson.

Froste faced numerous charges at trial last October. After four days he was found guilty of one charge – the manufacture of honey oil – despite taking the stand himself.

The forensic evidence at trial was damning.  Froste’s place of residence contained multiple Mason jars as well as cans of butane, which Agent Gary Richter of the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) testified is typically used to create honey oil.

However, he was found not guilty of several other counts, including abusing or endangering the health of a child, and possessing ammunition by a person now allowed to possess a firearm.

Shotgun shells were found at his home, but the jury apparently believed the evidence was not strong enough to show Froste owned the ammunition. He shared the house with a brother and his father.

About the time Froste was wrapping up that trial, he had another case stemming out of an accusation that he inflicted injury on a spouse or cohabitant with a dangerous weapon, and threatening a witness with death or injury.

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