Man faces felony after waiving hearing
March 18, 2013
A Minden man waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday after his attorney said he planned to plead guilty to one count of statutory sexual seduction.
Shaun Leroy Brown, 34, is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl sometime last year. He was taken into custody on a warrant on March 1.
Brown faces 1-5 years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on March 26.
East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins denied a request to release Brown on his own recognizance. He is being held in Douglas County jail on $20,000 bail.
■ Bail was reduced again on Wednesday for a north Valley man accused of pointing a gun at his wife's head and pulling the trigger three times. When it didn't fire, he allegedly got into his vehicle drunk and drove away before being stopped by deputies.
Scott Simpson's bail was lowered to $10,000 and made bondable by Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins.
Simpson's attorney, Derrick Lopez, said that the man's family expected to be able to put up a bond to get him out of jail.
He told Perkins he has been employed by the same place for 13 years and that he still had a job.
Perkins set a March 27 hearing.
According to reports, Simpson arrived home from work early that morning, grabbed his wife by the throat, and punched her in the head. The victim said she got away, and called 911. By this time, the suspect had pointed a gun at her head, pulled the trigger, and yelled "bam!" and, "the gun jammed."
The victim's sister and brother-in-law, also at the residence, claimed Simpson pointed the weapon at the victim three more times. He left the residence, and was stopped by deputies who saw him in his truck in the driveway of his home.
They discovered the gun in the back of his pants, and said he had been drinking. He was carrying a .40-caliber Beretta.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim said Simpson choked her with such force, she saw white spots and nearly passed out.
Last month, Perkins lowered Simpson's bail from $50,000 to $25,000.
■ A Carson Valley man received a suspended 90-day jail sentence on Wednesday and was ordered to pay restitution of $3,587 by August.
Bill Lawrence Beauchamp, 52, admitted to one count of engaging in a contracting business without a license on Feb. 13.
The victim testified that she hired Beauchamp to fix the roof of a barn on her rental property and that he neither did any work nor purchased any materials to do the work.
"He'd done other work for me," she said. "We trusted him."
The victim said that besides being out the money, the barn roof still hasn't been fixed.
Beauchamp apologized for not doing the work.
"I'm really sorry this happened," he said. "I'm definitely at fault."
Beauchamp deposited $1,500 with the court clerk and was ordered to bring in the rest by Aug. 14 or appear in court.