District Judge Michael Gibbons continued sentencing to April 29 for David Springer who faces up to 21 years in prison for stalking his ex-girlfriend, and threatening a deputy with a knife.
Springer, who has been in Douglas County Jail for one year, was to be sentenced Monday, but the judge granted the continuance after the defendant’s court-appointed attorney withdrew following complaints from Springer.
Gibbons replaced Matt Ence with attorney Jamie Henry.
In requesting a new lawyer, Springer said he didn’t feel he’d received fair representation.
Ence called Springer’s accusations “outrageous, false and malicious,” but did not elaborate on specifics.
In February, a week before Springer was to go on trial, he changed his plea to guilty.
In a two-hour hearing that day, Springer admitted the felonies which carry a maximum sentence of 21 years in Nevada state prison and a $10,000 fine.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking, and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
In exchange for Springer’s guilty plea, both sides have agreed to recommend mid-level sentences of 4-10 years on the stalking charge, and 1-6 on the assault charge, to be served consecutively.
Lesser felony charges of intimidating or dissuading a victim from reporting a crime, and domestic battery by strangulation were dismissed.
Springer, who served time in prison for child abuse stemming from a 2008 case, could be eligible for probation.
The victim testified at a preliminary hearing last year that the relationship turned violent, and she suffered frequent beatings at his hands which left her bruised all over her body.
She said he also pulled out her hair.
In December 2008, Springer was sentenced to six years in Nevada State Prison for child abuse.
The victim, who was 11, testified at Springer’s sentencing before Gibbons in 2009 that he hit her in the stomach, kicked her in the back and threw her to the floor.