Dirt bike thief on way to prison
March 18, 2014
Probation was revoked Tuesday for a 19-year-old burglar who graduated from a regimental discipline program, but failed to follow terms of probation.
District Judge Tod Young sent Brian Ray Hearold to Nevada state prison to complete a 12-30-month sentence. He gave Hearold credit for 264 days in custody.
Hearold admitted moving without permission of his probation officer, using drugs and alcohol, failing to find employment, complete counseling, attend 12-step meetings or pay restitution.
Hearold said he absconded from probation shortly after he was sentenced in December.
Hearold and codefendant Taylor Monge admitted stealing two dirt bikes from a Gardnerville Ranchos garage in February 2013.
"You and I have had a lot of talks, and I have tried to tell you several times you are not worthless," Young said.
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He reminded Hearold that he completed the regimental discipline program.
"You came out sober and got a good start," Young said. "Do your best and don't give up. Turn your life around."
■ Probation was reinstated Tuesday for a 19-year-old Stateline man who admitted several violations.
District Judge Tod Young ordered Robert Ballard Poet to attend 90 12-step meetings in 90 days, and to stop producing diluted drug tests.
Poet admitted using cocaine and marijuana since December.
He was sentenced in September to 180 days in Douglas County Jail with 150 days suspended, and gave him credit for 30 days he served in custody.
He pleaded guilty to stealing an unattended taxicab at Stateline last June.
Young did not buy Poet's argument that his drug tests were diluted because "I drank too much water."
Prosecutor Tom Gregory argued for revocation of Poet's probation.
"He was really given a pretty easy task. Every single month there was a diluted test. He's made no attempt to stay clean. He is not a supervisable candidate for probation," Gregory said.
Young told Poet he needs to grow up.
"You behave like a fool," Young said. "You better grow up. You are not 12 again."
Poet is forbidden to use alcohol or controlled substances and must submit weekly signup sheets to prove he is attending 12-step meetings.
"You need to change your life or just go live in jail," Young said.
■ A 36-year-old Yerington man faces up to 15 years in prison for his second felony conviction of driving under the influence.
Sergio Vargas-Ramirez is set for sentencing May 12.
He has a prior felony conviction from Lyon County in 2005.
Vargas-Ramirez was arrested after a traffic stop on Highway 395 at Toler Road in November 2012.
His blood-alcohol content was .117, over the legal limit of .08 for driving in Nevada.