Man ordered to serve 30 days for domestic battery
February 18, 2014
A 35-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man was sentenced to 30 days in Douglas County Jail and placed on three years probation after he pleaded guilty to domestic battery with one prior conviction.
East Fork Justice Tom Perkins suspended a 150-day sentence for Thomas McComas on Feb. 12, and placed him under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
McComas must abstain from drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants during probation and complete 100 hours of community service.
He is ordered to attend at least three 12-step meetings per week and undergo a year of domestic violence counseling.
McComas was fined $700 and ordered to cooperate with Douglas County family services.
According to court documents, McComas was accused of battering the 24-year-old victim on Jan. 27. He was accused of inflicting injury, shattering her cell phone and threatening to kill her if she called deputies.
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At his sentencing Feb. 12, the victim — who told the judge she and McComas were now married — said the terms of the sentence would help the defendant "get the help he actually needs."
The victim has a 4-year-old son. At a prior hearing, she described McComas as "a great father and a wonderful man."
Until the incident, she said there had been no threat of violence.
She said she was seeing her own therapist, and "we're doing this as a family. We're fully on board to make sure this doesn't happen again."
She asked Perkins to lift a no-contact order.
McComas said the night of the incident "I had a couple of drinks and got in an argument with (the victim).
"I am truly sorry," he said. "I love my family and worked hard to build my business to support them."
When the judge asked McComas if he used force, he said, "We can be kind of aggressive with each other."
"This is the time to tell me you did something wrong," Perkins said.
McComas admitted he pushed the woman.
McComas has a prior domestic battery conviction in Washoe County in November 2008.
Perkins said he was concerned that the couple was in a reconciliation stage, but if they disregarded therapy, the relationship could disintegrate.
"The best chance you two have is professional intervention," Perkins said. "I am not going to tolerate any deviation."