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July 23, 2013
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Man suspected in beating arrested

A 26-year-old Gardnerville man with a history of gang involvement was arrested Saturday hiding in a closet at his parents’ house in connection with a beating in May.

Miguel Banuelos Rubio is in Douglas County Jail on $28,783 bail. He is to appear today in East Fork Justice Court on allegations of robbery and battery with the intent to commit a crime.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins appointed Kris Brown to represent the suspect.

Rubio is accused of beating a 40-year-old man in an effort to get money to go gambling on May 25.

Co-defendant Waylon Dondero of Alpine County faces several charges in connection with the incident.

He is in jail on $28,920 bail.

Dondero was arrested July 3 when deputies recognized him riding in a car driven by Steven Daniel Fisher, 33.

A charge of attempting to elude a peace officer was dropped against Fisher.

■ A 43-year-old Indian Hills man was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation, and ordered to stay out Walmart and several other stores after he admitted a commercial burglary.

District Judge Tod Young sentenced Glen Richard Blackthorn to 36 months in Nevada state prison, suspended, and ordered him to complete Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

Blackthorn pleaded guilty to burglary in May.

He admitted stealing two shopping carts of merchandise from Walmart at Topsy Lane on April 1 and loading them in his truck.

Authorities questioned Blackthorn at his residence on Calcite Drive, and he reportedly admitted his part in the thefts. While searching the residence, deputies discovered a hypodermic needle in a wastebasket within reach of three children.

Young ordered Blackthorn to stay out of Walmart, Radio Shack and Home Depot for the duration of his probation.

He must abstain from drugs and alcohol and is subject to unannounced search and seizure for controlled substances and indicia of stolen property.

He must pay child support and may not enter a casino or participate in any form of gambling.

Blackthorn said he was attending 12-step meetings four or five times a week, and court-ordered counseling.

“I want to apologize to the community for my actions,” Blackthorn said.

Young warned the defendant that he faces prison.

“You want to be sober, but if you don’t stay committed, the best thing I can do is not have you in the community. You’ve allowed your drug problem to become everyone else’s problem,” Young said.

■ A 43-year-old Gardnerville man faces up to six years in Nevada state prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony drunk driving.

District Judge Tod Young set sentencing Sept. 17 for Peter V. Pecorilla.

Pecorilla has two prior DUI convictions from January 2010 and May 2011, both in East Fork Justice Court.

Pecorilla’s attorney, Derrick Lopez, said his client was undecided on whether he wanted to participate in a diversion program or go to prison.

He is ineligible for probation, and the prison sentence carries a one-year minimum.

DUI diversion lasts for up to three years, but keeps the defendant out of prison as long as he successfully completes the program.

Lopez said Pecorilla, an unemployed electrical engineer, didn’t believe he was financially able to complete the diversion program.

Young cautioned Pecorilla to rethink his decision, pointing out he would avoid a felony conviction if successful in the diversion.

Young told the defendant as long as he’s not working, he should be attending 12-step meetings every day.

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 23, 2013 06:11PM Published Jul 23, 2013 04:26PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.