Man gets probation in stabbing of great-grandfather
March 10, 2014
A 21-year-old Las Vegas man is to be released April 13 from Douglas County Jail, one year after he stabbed his great-grandfather in the neck in what was described as a psychotic episode.
District Judge Michael Gibbons suspended a five-year sentence for Bradley Endsley Jr., and set strict conditions for a five-year probation.
Endsley pleaded no contest to stabbing his then-82-year-old great-grandfather in the neck at the victim's Topaz Ranch Estates home on April 15, 2013.
The elderly man, who appeared at Endsley's sentencing on Monday, suffered neck wounds and a nearly severed trachea.
Endsley pleaded no contest in December to battery with a deadly weapon, causing substantial bodily harm. He faced up to 15 years in prison.
The victim, along with other family members, asked Gibbons to allow Endsley to come home.
"I'd just like to see him get on with his life," the man said.
Endsley's mother and grandmother also asked the judge to allow him to come home.
Attorney Charles Diaz submitted multiple character letters as well as a psychological report.
"The primary goal is to humanize my client," Diaz said.
Gibbons said the psychological information, as well as a detailed account of what happened, clarified for him that Endsley didn't know what he was doing when he attacked his great-grandfather.
"But it was a very serious offense," Gibbons said. "He almost killed somebody."
Gibbons said as judge he had to consider mitigating and aggravating factors in the incident.
He said Endsley had no prior criminal record, was young, and suffered mental illness aggravated by drug and alcohol use.
Originally, Endsley pleaded not guilty to battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm to a person 60 years or older, and use or being in possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
The incident took place early April 15 at the victim's Topaz Ranch Estates home on Slate Road.
Deputies arrived at 12:30 a.m. after a report of a gunshot. They found Endsley inside the home holding a knife.
As deputies issued orders to Endsley, the victim pulled into the driveway bleeding from a stab wound. The man told deputies that he was attacked by Endsley, and managed to escape before deputies arrived.
Deputies forced their way into the home, and placed Endsley in custody.
Endsley's mother, who is the victim's caretaker, said she would devote the next year to her grandfather and son's care.
"I am 110 percent there for him. I will dedicate my life to him and to my grandfather," she said. "I want to get my son back on the right track."
The woman said she didn't realize the trauma her son had suffered as a child when he lived with his father.
"This is a new beginning," she said. "He can become a great young man. Please give him a chance in life."
Prosecutor Erik Levin said he was concerned that despite the report, and letters of support, Endsley's family didn't have a plan for his care.
He pointed to the fact that before incident, Endsley admitted heavy methamphetamine and alcohol use.
"This is a good family, with the intent to support him, but not one of them seemed to be aware of his polysubstance abuse that has apparently been going on between 4-9 years. They believe all he needs is guidance and mentoring," Levin said.
Endsley apologized to his great-grandfather.
"I'm sorry for what I did, It was unintentional," he said.
"That's OK. I forgive you," said the victim.
"I am not prison material," Endsley told the judge. "I wouldn't make it in prison. I am much better than I was a couple of months ago."
Gibbon sentenced Endsley to five years in prison with a two-minimum before he is eligible for parole. He suspended the sentence and placed Endsley on probation for five years.
He ordered Endsley to serve a year in Douglas County Jail that will end April 13 with credit for time served.
Once he's released, Endsley is to return to Las Vegas where he must spend six months in residential confinement in a house that must be pre-approved.
Gibbons said Endsley must seek treatment in three areas recommended by the psychological evaluation: Mental health, substance abuse and a physical exam of a head injury he suffered in a motor vehicle accident.
He is to complete an occupational training program that would lead to employment.
Endsley must abstain from all controlled substances and provide the psychological evaluation to any physician before prescribing medication. He cannot used medical marijuana, or the controlled substances popularly called bath salts and spice.
"I am taking into account that (the victim) has recovered from the attack. If it had gone any other way, you would be going to prison," Gibbons said.
The judge said Endsley was drug-free after a year in jail that statistically was in his favor for recovery.
"You could blow this whole plan by going back and using drugs or alcohol," Gibbons said. "This is your first chance. You don't get a second chance."
He said Endsley was allowed contact with his great-grandfather.
"They've made amends," Gibbons said.
Addressing Endsley, the judge said, "Good luck. I really hope you stick with it. You desperately need this help."