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April 1, 2014
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Prison sentence in battery

A 46-year-old California man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison after he admitted beating a woman so severely she has permanent damage to her eyesight.

Scotchilyn Pfalz pleaded guilty to battery causing substantial bodily harm stemming from an incident Nov. 13, 2013, near the Zephyr Cove campground.

According to reports, the victim suffered serious disfigurement and damage to her eye and face.

Attorney Derrick Lopez, representing Pfalz, said the victim suffered broken bones around her eye that resulted in surgery to implant plates in the damaged area.

Prosecutor Rick Casper said the victim had reported a loss of peripheral vision.

The victim did not attend Monday’s sentencing, but submitted a written statement, as did her mother.

The victim said in her statement she would have to wear glasses to see properly. According to Gibbons, the woman’s mother said the injury was severe.

“You changed her life forever,” Gibbons told Pfalz.

Lopez said Pfalz and the woman met in a program to deal with mental health issues. Both are on disability and receive minimum Social Security support.

Lopez said the altercation began when the victim left a bar without paying, and Pfalz insisted she go back and settle her tab.

“He alleges the physical part was started by the victim. He (Pfalz) never intended for her to be hurt. He is remorseful he hurt her as much as he has,” Lopez said.

“I am horribly sorry for what I did,” Pfalz said.

Gibbons said Pfalz must serve 12 months before he is eligible for parole. Gibbons gave him credit for 138 days in custody.

■ Sentencing is June 9 for an 18-year-old Gardnerville man who admitted stealing a truck and forgery.

Patrick Wayne Adams pleaded guilty Monday to forgery and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

In exchange for his guilty plea, other charges were dismissed. Victims of both crimes are eligible to make statements at sentencing.

He faces four years in prison and a $5,000 fine for forgery, and 364 days in Douglas County Jail and a $2,000 fine on the motor vehicle charge.

“I am disappointed to see you back here in the system,” said Judge Michael Gibbons. “I saw you many, many times in the juvenile system. It’s really disconcerting to see you back here so soon after you turned 18. You’ve got to do something to get your life in order.”

On Feb. 26, Adams was arrested after he took the truck from a Ranchos residence, and dropped his identification card at the scene. He said the keys were in the ignition.

He abandoned the vehicle after it got stuck in the mud on Sawmill Road. He told the judge the vehicle was undamaged.

On Feb. 19, Adams reportedly had a stolen checkbook, and made out three checks for more than $1,800 to a relative, but never cashed them.

Gibbons released Adams on his own recognizance, and ordered him to live with his grandparents under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing. He is forbidden to have controlled substances, alcohol, or firearms, and may have no contact with the victims.


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