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The 24-year-old Port Angeles man received the minimum sentence after being convicted by a Clallam County jury July 14.
Prosecutors had sought a 10-year sentence, Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy John Troberg said.
Malcolm was prosecuted for selling drugs to a law enforcement informant in October 2012, then failing to appear for court, Troberg said.
The case was investigated by the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, or OPNET, and Sequim police.
According to charging papers, Malcolm used a third-party intermediary to sell 1 gram of methamphetamine to an OPNET informant Oct. 16, 2012.
The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on a separate charge of delivering 2.1 grams of heroin in November 2012, court papers show.
A heroin delivery charge stemming from February 2012 was previously dismissed, according to the minutes of the sentencing hearing.
During plea negotiations, Malcolm had the option of pleading guilty to delivery of methamphetamine to serve 45 months in prison, Viada said.
That option remained on the table until the jury delivered its verdict, Viada said.
Malcolm has prior convictions for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of cocaine, escape and two convictions for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, Troberg said.
Malcolm was being held Thursday at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.