A 35-year-old Reno man, who downplayed his involvement in the theft of more than $1,100 in stamps from post offices in Glenbrook and South Lake Tahoe, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in Nevada state prison.
District Judge Tod Young told Daniel Aaron Kipperman he must serve a minimum of 16 months before he is eligible for parole.
Kipperman pleaded guilty in July to burglary. Sentencing was continued until Oct. 15 for codefendant David Edwin Ramsey, 51, who pleaded guilty to the same charge.
According to reports, Ramsey and Kipperman — dressed in uniforms— entered the post offices on April 22-23, and attempted to purchase “Forever” stamps. One suspect is accused of paying for 12 rolls of stamps, with 100 stamps on each roll, with a check that bounced on April 22.
The next day, the second man came in wearing a uniform and attempted the same scam. The Glenbrook postmaster said there weren’t enough stamps to complete the transaction, then alerted colleagues in other post offices in South Lake Tahoe and Stateline about the incident. She observed the suspect getting into a rental car with the defendant and copied the license plate.
Multiple felony charges against the defendants were dismissed in exchange for their guilty pleas. In addition, authorities did not seek a habitual criminal enhancement against Kipperman.
Lawyer Kris Brown said Tuesday when she first met Kipperman, it was obvious her client had mental issues. She said he had refused to take medication in Douglas County Jail. Once he stared taking medication, his behavior improved, Brown said.
She requested a 1-4-year sentence.
“This was a very serious charge of burglary, but it was very stupid and not well thought-out. It was not a breaking and entering, he was not in peoples’ houses,” Brown said.
Prosecutor Erik Levin disagreed.
“I think the crime was well thought-out. It shows you’re a thief. A lot of people have mental health issues, but they don’t go around stealing things,” Levin said. “He knows exactly what it means to cash a bad check. He knew it was a crime, but did it anyway and involved other people.”
Levin asked for the maximum 10 years.
Kipperman told Young that were he in California, the crimes would earn minimal sentences.
“Do you know where California is?” Young asked. “It’s not here.”
“I am not a criminal,” Kipperman said. “I was off my medication. I’ve been good for the last four or five years. I need to stay on my medications. Stuff just got out of hand. I waited two years to get on disability.”
“You are a criminal. You are a thief. There is no question about that,” Young said.