Man fails to appear for sentencing
May 15, 2014
A man who allegedly broke into a Topaz Ranch Estates home failed to appear in Douglas County District Court for sentencing on Monday.
Don Martines, 55, faces sentencing on charges of forced entry and a residential burglary.
Defense attorney Jamie Henry told Judge Michael Gibbons that she had been in "constant communication" with him and did not know why he was absent.
"He's had issues with phone service and with getting a ride," she said. "That is the only reason I could see why he would be absent today."
Prosecutor Erik Levin requested a bench warrant be issued for Martines.
"He's had two months to get a ride," he said. "He's been through the process and he knows what he needs to do."
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Gibbons issued the warrant.
"It's a serious matter and he should be here," he said.
Martines was arrested on Jan. 31, 2013 for allegedly breaking into a Topaz Ranch Estates home and stealing several items, including boxes of ammunition.
Gibbons rescheduled his sentencing hearing for June 2.
Martines has a prior drunk driving conviction from San Luis Obispo, Calif., and a conviction of an ex-felon with possession of a firearm from Lyon County.
■ Aaron Lundy, 55, appeared in district court Monday to arrange fine payments for his Feb. 11, 2008 drunk driving conviction.
His attorney, Jaime Henry, asked that the court have Lundy start with low payments since he is unemployed.
His fine is $2,117.88, Henry said.
Lundy will receive financial assistance from the Washoe Tribe and will apply for disability, Henry said.
Gibbons set up a payment plan starting with a $25 payment that was due Monday.
Lundy was arrested in 2007 for DUI, court documents said.
"Pay what you can, and let the court know if you can't pay," he said. "Don't ignore this."