A 20-year-old Las Vegas man faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted of charges that he stabbed his 82-year-old great-grandfather in the neck, nearly severing the alleged victim’s trachea and cutting his thyroid.
East Fork Justice Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Jamie Henry on Friday to represent Bradley Endsley Jr., being held in Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail.
He is accused of stabbing the victim at his Topaz Ranch Estates home on Slate Road.
Deputies arrived on scene at 12:30 a.m. April 15 after a report of a gunshot. They reportedly found Endsley inside the home holding a knife.
As deputies issued orders to Endsley, the victim pulled into the driveway bleeding from a stab wound. The man told deputies that he was attacked by Endsley, and managed to escape before deputies arrived, Sgt. Pat Brooks said.
Deputies forced their way into the home, and placed Endsley into custody for attempted murder.
On Friday, Endsley was charged with battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm to a person 60 years of age or older.
Prosecutor Erik Levin said the battery charge carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The elderly enhancement is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
The criminal complaint says the victim was stabbed in the neck, suffering a nearly severed trachea and a cut thyroid and other injuries, resulting in a loss of blood requiring emergency surgery.
The victim was taken by CareFlight to Renown Regional Medical Center.
The reason for the attack is still being investigated. No one else was injured, Brooks said.
Levin asked that Perkins keep Endsley’s bail at $100,000.
“The bail is appropriate for the severity of the offense. The penalties are pretty close (to an attempted murder charge). He does represent a risk to the community. He was living with the victim, and I don’t know that he has any other place to stay,” Levin said.
Perkins set Endsley’s next court appearance for Wednesday with a preliminary hearing scheduled May 3.