A 44-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who stole from his parents was sentenced Monday to a suspended six-year sentence in Nevada state prison, and ordered to serve 30 days in Douglas County Jail.
District Judge Michael Gibbons placed William J. Ledford Jr. on five years probation, and remarked that Ledford's parents permitted him to live with them despite the thefts.
"Except that your mother and father are here, there's a good chance you'd be going to prison right now. To victimize your family is really bad. Despite their help, you stab them in the back. Don't blow it," Gibbons said.
Ledford pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property.
His attorney Jamie Henry said her client had a job at a grocery store which paid $16.97 an hour and was aware of his criminal history.
She said he wanted to work the night shift, attend drug court, and pay off his fines and restitution.
Gibbons reminded the Ledfords that he had imposed an order that the defendant not initiate contact with his parents.
"The whole point of the order was so you wouldn't be under any pressure," Gibbons said.
His father asked Gibbons not to put his son back in jail.
"He (the defendant) has a way of manipulating his way back into the house," his father said. "We didn't have a lot of choice. He has no place to go. We didn't want to leave him on the street in the winter time."
Henry said Ledford would move out of his parents as soon as he could afford his own place.
"You have a drug problem," Gibbons told Ledford. "You use drugs and lost control. You would do anything to get drugs. The court believes your completion of drug court is your best chance at success. If you violate, you've got a long sentence in prison."
He forbid Ledford to enter any pawnshops.
He sentenced Ledford to 16-72 months in Nevada state prison, suspended, and gave Ledford credit for 73 days in custody.
In addition to 30 days in Douglas County Jail, Ledford must complete drug court and perform 100 hours of community service.
He is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.