Woman admitted to DUI deferral program
February 6, 2014
A 49-year-old Gardnerville woman was admitted Tuesday to a court-ordered program designed to keep felony drunk drivers out of prison.
District Judge Tod Young deferred sentencing for Ann Syphus-Freed, but told her if she failed the DUI court program, she faced prison.
“This is very important to me,” Syphus-Freed told the judge. “I want to get my life back on track.”
She said she was the primary caregiver for her mother, and her son whom she said was severely injured in an accident.
She has two prior DUI convictions within three weeks of each other in 2011, and her most recent arrest of May 15, 2013.
DUI court is a minimum of three years and involves six months of house arrest, followed up by weekly counseling sessions, meetings and regular court appearances.
“DUI court is different (from drug court),” Young said. “You don’t get a million chances. By the time you come before this court and make application for DUI court, you are, by definition, a repeat offender.”
Young said his first inclination was to send Syphus-Freed to prison, but agreed to defer sentencing.
“If you walk out of this building today and maintain your sobriety, and get support, you have a chance for a better life,” Young said.
He told Syphus-Freed she needed to submit monthly reports, attach an interlock device to her vehicle which prevents her from starting her car if she has alcohol or controlled substance in her system, and participate in court.
He placed her under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing with random testing, search and seizure. She must abstain from alcohol, controlled substances and other intoxicants and may not enter a casino or bar.
■ A 23-year-old Gardnerville man with a juvenile record for sexual assault was sent to prison Tuesday for violating terms of his probation which included failing to register as a sex offender.
Chase Michael Warren told District Judge Tod Young, “I procrastinated,” in fulfilling terms of his release.
He admitted that he failed to report his residence, moved without pre-approval, and did not complete a mental health evaluation as ordered in August by the court.
“I didn’t do it,” Warren said. “I told them I would be living with a cousin. I thought I left a message (with his probation officer). She didn’t get any information. I understand I made a mistake. There were a couple of things I should have done and didn’t do.”
Young sentenced him to 36 months and gave him credit for 149 days in custody.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Young said. “You still have to do these things when you get out. You treat your life as though it’s worthless. What were you doing with your life that was so valuable that now you are going to prison?”
Warren was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 on March 20, 2006, in Walworth County, Wis.
He committed the offense at age 14.
The case came to light when Warren was taken into custody in May 2013, accused of stealing food and drinks from Walmart in Douglas County.
Deputies ran a criminal check and discovered the Wisconsin conviction, and that Warren had not registered.
He reportedly moved to Douglas County in January 2013, to live with his family.
Prosecutors said Warren had a history of not reporting or registering as a sex offender when he moved to a new address.
He has a probation hold from Wisconsin.
■ A 38-year-old Indian Hills woman, who admitted selling methamphetamine in her neighborhood, was sent to prison Tuesday for multiple probation violations.
Prosecutor Erik Levin called Paula Olvera “not supervisable.”
“She missed 11 of 13 appointments, failed to get a mental health evaluation, and is not supervisable. She wrote you a letter in September about the same things,” Levin said.
Olvera told District Judge Tod Young she wanted to go to prison, and “get it over with.”
Young sentenced Olvera to 30 months in prison, but praised her for not using drugs despite the infractions.
“You are making progress,” Young said. “When you come out, don’t go back to your old meth ways. Keep getting somewhere,” he said.
She was sentenced to probation in May 2012 after pleading guilty to sales of a controlled substance. Olvera admitted five transactions with methamphetamine involving a confidential informant from Sept. 29-Oct. 25, 2011.