Burglar headed for prison
September 23, 2013
A 19-year-old Gardnerville resident was ordered to prison Monday after multiple probation violations for a burglary conviction he earned breaking into vehicles and a garage while riding a bicycle.
Nathan Centeno admitted committing the most recent violations just weeks after he completed a regimental discipline program designed to keep youthful offenders out of prison.
On Monday, Centeno admitted failing to report his residence, moving without permission, consuming alcohol and violating curfew.
District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Centeno to serve his 12-36-month prison term and gave him credit for 304 days in custody.
"Maybe this time you will learn and decide this isn't a game anymore and straighten up," Gibbons said.
He referred to Centeno's extensive juvenile record and most recent criminal activity.
A year ago, Centeno and a 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.
Gibbons congratulated him in August for completing the boot camp.
But days later, he was committing new violations.
Centeno recently served 10 days in Douglas County Jail for giving a sheriff's deputy a false ID.
"I knew I drank. I was just scared," Centeno said, explaining why he lied.
"I screwed up. I'm an adult now, I've got to take it more serious. I've got a lot going for me. I got a job. I am going to start school next semester. Things are starting to fall into place," he said.
Centeno's attorney, Kris Brown, asked Gibbons to reinstate his probation.
She said her client was "incrementally getting better" despite the violations.
Prosecutor Rick Casper pointed out that Centeno earned his most recent violation less than a week after he was released from boot camp.
Probation officer Ashlee Miller said Centeno completed his high school diploma general equivalency and a substance abuse program. And, she verified, he had employment waiting.
"But he is continuing on with his juvenile issues and he's not a juvenile anymore," she said.
Gibbon ordered Centeno back to district court the first Monday following his release from prison so he can set up a payment plan for restitution and court fees.