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April 12, 2013
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Inmate admits 2006 residential burglary

A Nevada state prison inmate, with a lengthy criminal history, pleaded guilty Monday to burglary in connection with a 2006 break-in at an Indian Hills residence.

Tommy Dean Bridges, 32, is set for sentencing June 3. He is in custody in Nevada state prison.

Bridges is accused of burglarizing the home on March 3, 2006, where more than $2,500 in property was reported stolen.

Investigators found DNA at the scene and submitted for testing and a search, which turned up Bridges’ name more than a year later.

Bridges, who was an inmate at High Desert Correctional Center after being convicted of burglary, was ordered to produce a sample of his DNA which matched.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the state agreed to dismiss a grand larceny charge and not to seek habitual criminal status.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, plus restitution.

Bridges said he entered the residence with the intent to steal, but he said he didn’t take anything.

■ An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 33-year-old transient who was kicked out of a treatment program in Campbell, Calif., for reportedly using marijuana.

Attorney Kris Brown said she contacted Jacob Foley’s mother, who said her son was living on the streets after he was expelled from the program. Brown said Foley’s cell phone number was not working.

He pleaded guilty in July to possession of a controlled substance for sale, heroin, and was sentenced in September to the treatment program.

He faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Foley and his girlfriend were arrested by Douglas County officers following them to Washoe County on their way to a drug transaction. Officers arrested the pair when they were observed shooting up balloons of heroin.

■ A 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to coercion, admitting she kicked a Douglas County sheriff's deputy while she was being booked at Douglas County jail on a drunk driving charge.

In exchange for Tara Goff’s plea, the district attorney's office won't object to her request for diversion. If Goff fails the diversion program, she faces up to six years in Nevada state prison.

Goff admitted she was intoxicated which might have affected her memory of what happened. Her attorney, Derrick Lopez, said the incident was videotaped by the sheriff’s office.

The criminal complaint alleges that she used force or violence in an attempt to prevent the deputy from doing what he had a right to do which was book her.

Reports indicate her preliminary breath test was .220, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 for driving in Nevada.

“I remember him (the deputy) throwing me to the ground. There were two of them on me,” she said.

Prosecutor Erik Levin said Goff was banging on the bars in a holding cell. He said she was warned she would be confined to the restraining chair at the jail, but she refused to stop. As she was being taken to the chair, she kicked the deputy.

District Judge Michael Gibbons set sentencing for May 13.

She must abstain from drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants, and is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 12, 2013 08:56AM Published Apr 12, 2013 08:56AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.