Man gets prison term for arson
September 2, 2014
A former Gardnerville Ranchos resident was sentenced to 12-32 months in prison after he admitted to absconding from a drug diversion program.
Richard Vonderscher, 46, told District Court Judge Tod Young he was sober and doing well before June 25 when he failed to come in when called by the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
On July 22, Vonderscher failed to come to district court to explain why he didn't come in for testing, and Young issued a nationwide, no-bail warrant for his arrest.
Vonderscher admitted he doused himself and a woman who was giving him a ride with gasoline and threatened to light it on fire on June 21, 2013. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony fourth-degree arson in April and was placed on probation.
Defense attorney Kris Brown said Vonderscher had been scheduled for surgery, but that he cancelled it, and his doctors halted his medication.
Brown said Vonderscher was dealing with the withdrawals and turned himself in on Aug. 15 once he was clear.
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"While his sentencing was in April, he was under supervision since June 2013, so he has had a long period of time under supervision," she said.
"I've been doing good on counseling," Vonderscher said. "The doctors just dropped me."
Young said at Vonderscher's sentencing that he thought the arson was a violent crime, and he reiterated that in sending Vonderscher to prison on Tuesday.
"You can't continue to live life on your terms," Young told him. "You terms are inconsistent with the law."
Under the drug diversion program, Vonderscher could have avoided a felony on his record.
■ An Indian Hills man will have an opportunity to participate in a drunk driver diversion program after he admitted to felony DUI on Tuesday.
Johnathan Lloyd Glab, 29, pleaded guilty in connection with his April 23 arrest.
Glab is scheduled to turn himself in at Douglas County jail for 90 days after he struggled with officers during the arrest.
According to court documents, Glab was reported as a reckless driver at about 3:15 p.m. driving north on Highway 395. A deputy spotted his Volkswagen speeding up on another vehicle and then jogging into the fast lane. Glab pulled into Silver City RV Park where he got out of the car and ran from the deputy.
Prosecutor Tina Russom said the deputy was hurt after he tackled Glab. East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins sentenced Glab to the jail sentence.
Young placed Glab on the DUI diversion program, saying it would ensure Glab had to obtain treatment or face prison.
A third instance of driving under the influence in Nevada is punishable by 1-6 years in prison and a minimum $2,000 fine.
While offenders may be placed in a diversion program, they are ineligible for probation.