Lyon Arraigned, Could Face 4 Years in Prison

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Former real estate executive Michael Lyon did not enter a plea on drug possession and violation of probation charges during his arraignment.

His attorney, William Portanova, admitted that things did not look good.

Probation officers did a check at his home after he failed to make a probation appointment last month. They found him in possession of an ounce of methamphetamine for sale and morphine.

In a sensational case four years ago, Michael Lyon was arrested for  secretly video taping himself engaging in sex acts with prostitutes at his home. He served one year on a combination of jail time, and home detention. He was also put on five years probation.

Violating that probation with the new drug charges could put possibly put him in prison for four years.

“It is a straight uphill climb to change that outcome and we're going to try and do everything we can for him," defense attorney Bill Portanova said.

Lyon looked markedly different from his arrest photo. That image was a departure from his behavior in recent years, according to Portanova.

“He’s been a perfect probationer, perfect for three and half years. He was well on his way to ending probation early and putting this behind him," Portanova said. "That’s why we’re shocked."

The only chance of leniency may be the circumstances surrounding his arrest.

Portanova says there were plenty of people around the house where Lyon and companion Shannon Campbell were arrested.

Campbell has a criminal past, including burglary and theft. She was arrested on drug possession charges with Lyon.

"We haven’t interviewed the people who were there and there were a lot of people there," Portanova said.

But Portanova also said Lyon's arrest was shocking because he had, until this time, been a perfect probationer who had a good chance of leaving probation earl because of good behavior.

"We're trying to see how that changed so fast," Portanova said.

The probation violation means that Judge Helena Gweon could not grant baill and he will have to remain in jail until his next court appearance with Campbell on Oct. 7.