Genoa Bar burglar receives extended prison term
January 29, 2014
A man who is already serving a prison term for a Carson City burglary was sentenced Monday to up to seven years for a Douglas County crime spree.
District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Lenox Leonel Lacour, 29, to a minimum of 33 months before he is eligible for parole.
Lacour pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in an agreement with the district attorney's office to drop additional counts.
He admitted burglarizing the Genoa Bar and two Genoa homes under construction on Jan. 15, 2013.
The maximum sentence for burglary is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Investigators tracked Lacour down after finding blood at one of the crime scenes. He was questioned while in jail on Carson City vehicle thefts, and said he and another man broke into the bar intending to take the ATM machine, but it couldn't be moved.
They took the cash drawer, and left when the alarm sounded, according to the investigators' statements.
One of the victims, a retired pediatric dentist, testified Monday that he and his wife were in Southern California attending to her father who was dying of cancer when they learned their house had been burglarized.
He said the burglars damaged a home security system, broke crystal and bottles of wine, tossed around boxes of possessions and stole items.
He said insurance had settled with him, but sought a $1,000 deductible and money to repair the security system.
He and his wife have moved into the home.
"The greatest loss we suffered was the time away from my father-in-law. I am here today to express my respect to the court and the officers for a job well done.
They put their all into the work. The very least I can do is show up today. I understand the work you do and think it's valuable," he said.
Lacour's attorney, Kris Brow, said her client was not "the mover and shaker" behind the crime spree.
Codefendant Jeffrey Standefer is in East Fork Justice Court today. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing.
Lacour apologized to the court and his family.
"I hope you find it in your hearts to forgive me," he said. "I am committed and devoted to making what I did right."
Lacour said he planned to leave drugs behind.
"I want to make better decisions and be my own man," he said.
Gibbons ordered Lacour to pay $4,077.25 restitution to the victims. The cost may be shared with the co-offender.
He received no credit for time served because of the Carson City conviction.
He is scheduled to be released in 2015 on the Carson City conviction and will begin serving his Douglas County sentence.
"You've got a long time to take advantage of every program in the Department of Corrections to better yourself," Gibbons said.
He ordered Lacour to return to district court following his release from prison to establish a restitution payment plan.