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August 12, 2013
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Woman gets probation on drug charge

A 35-year-old former Gardnerville resident, who showed up for her sentencing last week under the influence of methamphetamine, was sentenced Monday to three years probation.

District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Melissa White to three years in Nevada state prison, suspended and placed her on probation.

She pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance stemming from a March 2012 arrest with two codefendants.

White, formerly known as Melissa White-Stickley, now lives in Oregon.

She told the judge she would not pursue a diversion program because she would have to stay in Nevada, and she wanted to return to Oregon where her son lives.

Gibbons pointed out that she tested positive for methamphetamine last week, just before she was to appear in court.

She has been held in Douglas County Jail since Aug. 5.

“It would be better for you, frankly, if you can’t refrain from using right before you go to court,” Gibbons said, recommending the diversion program.

White said she wanted to go back to Oregon, and would take the felony on her record.

Gibbons ordered her to abstain from drugs and alcohol and stay away from the codefendants.

She is subject to random search and seizure.

■ A Gardnerville teenager, who faced prison for a series of burglaries, was congratulated Monday for completing a regimental discipline program.

District Judge Michael Gibbons told Nathan Centeno, 19, he needed to meet Wednesday with a probation officer following his release from the “boot camp” operated by the Nevada Department of Corrections, and designed to keep youthful offenders out of prison.

Gibbons told Centeno he would remain on probation.

“You learned something, and became very motivated to keep your freedom,” Gibbons said.

Centeno and his juvenile accomplice committed a series of burglaries, breaking into 18 vehicles and a garage while riding bicycles.

The crime spree netted $171.99 in change, cigarettes and an electronic device.

Gibbons sentenced Centeno in October 2012 to four years probation, but he committed several violations and faced up to three years in prison before he agreed to go to boot camp.

“Congratulations on finishing the program,” Gibbons said.

■ A 42-year-old Gardnerville man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to five years probation Monday, and told the judge he hoped to share his experiences with younger offenders.

District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Stefan Delia to four years in Nevada state prison, suspended, which includes six months in Douglas County Jail.

He gave Delia credit for 71 days in custody.

Delia pleaded guilty last month to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

The category E felony mandates probation unless the defendant has prior felony convictions, which Delia does.

In August 2010, Delia was sentenced to three years in Nevada State Prison for his third conviction for domestic battery, with a minimum of 12 months before he was eligible for parole.

The victim said she feared for her life.

She was the target of Delia’s prior domestic battery conviction in January 2009.

Gibbons said the “court was hard-pressed to follow the recommendation (probation) with his record.”

Delia’s attorney Derrick Lopez said the difference was that his client was taking Zoloft for a mental health condition, and “had reached a point in his life where he has the mind set that he wants to be done with this behavior.”

Delia was accused of trespassing and drug possession, and originally called the charges “an out-and-out lie.”

He is accused of entering a former roommate’s home while the man was asleep and yelling at him, and being in possession of methamphetamine.

“His rebellious side is gone,” Lopez said. “He wants to contribute to society, to work with young kids.”

Lopez said Zoloft had helped Delia with depression and anxiety.

He recommended that Delia be allowed to complete Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

Delia said he’d been watching younger inmates come in and out of prison, and felt he could share his experiences to understand the impact of a drug felony.

He told Gibbons he wanted drug court, which is more time than he would serve in prison.

“I don’t think prison would do me any good,” Delia said. “It (drug court) also solidifies what I’m learning. I can achieve my full potential.”

Delia was ordered to complete drug court and attend a 12-step program.

He must obtain a mental health evaluation and follow recommendations.

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 29, 2013 03:07PM Published Aug 12, 2013 05:44PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.