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July 30, 2013
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Woman ordered to serve additional three weeks in jail

A 57-year-old woman with multiple violations was ordered Monday to serve an additional three weeks in Douglas County Jail before she is dishonorably discharged from probation.

“You’re too old to be engaged in this nonsense,” District Judge Michael Gibbons told Myra Hamontree. “You need to get your life in order.”

She was sentenced in 2009 to probation after she pleaded guilty to ex-felon in possession of a firearm for pointing a handgun at her husband after she had been drinking. She has two prior felonies.

According to her probation officer, Hamontree had multiple violations including failing to report her residence, changing residences without permission, and failure to pay fees.

Hamontree claimed she didn’t have to pay fees because she was disabled.

Her probation officer said records indicated she had customer loyalty cards from eight northern Nevada casinos which had been used as recently as June. She claimed the cards were used by family members.

“She can’t get to AA, counseling, or into see me, but she can get to the casinos,” said Richard Linnenbrink.

Hamontree also faces a probation violation in California.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that Hamontree’s probation be revoked, and she be ordered to serve her suspended 4-year sentence.

“I don’t think parole and probation can do much else to help her,” Gibbons said.

He reinstated her probation, and ordered her to serve 21 days which would bring total jail time to 60 days for this violation. She will be dishonorably discharged.

He told Hamontree she must turn herself in to California authorities.

“This has been going on for four long years,” Gibbons said. “You could have been off probation a long time ago,”

-- A 23-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced Monday to four years probation, which includes six months in Douglas County Jail, for possession of a controlled substance for sale.

District Judge Michael Gibbons told Kyundai Dion Nielsen-Martin he needed to get approval from Parole and Probation before he moves back to South Lake Tahoe.

“Don’t mess this up,” Gibbons said.

Nielsen-Martin was arrested April 29 after authorities found marijuana, methamphetamine, scales and other paraphernalia in his vehicle which was stopped at Highway 395 and State Route 756 in Gardnerville.

In his guilty plea, the defendant agreed to serve six months in jail.

He also asked the judge if he could buy back his 1998 vehicle which was forfeited as part of the agreement. Gibbons directed him to have his attorney, Kris Brown, find out the procedure.

“I am ready to better myself and become a more productive member of society,” Nielsen-Martin said.”This was a mistake which I will never make again.”

Gibbons sentenced him to three years in prison with credit for 92 days time served. He is subject to random search and seizure for drugs and alcohol and must stay in jail until he completes a six-month sentence.

Nielsen-Martin said he wanted to return to South Lake Tahoe because he has the support of family and friends and greater job opportunities.


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