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June 18, 2014
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Battery cases result in suspended sentences

Two people convicted of separate instances of battery with substantial bodily harm received suspended sentences on Tuesday.

Michael Blummer admitted to hitting another man in the head with a bottle during a March 7 incident at the Johnson Lane sandpits. The victim received nine stitches over his right eye.

District Judge Tod Young sentenced Blummer, 19, to 14 months to 5 years in prison and suspended the sentence.

Attorney Kris Brown said the incident occurred while Blummer was intoxicated. Blummer was in Western Regional Drug Court at the time.

“He did 32 days in jail before he was released,” she said. “He assumed responsibility for the act. Alcohol makes him a monster and then he does horrible things.”

Young said he thought the attack seemed random.

Brown said there had been a history of animosity between Blummer and the victim.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter told Young she thought Blummer should be sent to a 190-day regimental discipline program.

However, Young pointed out that he couldn’t both sentence Blummer and order him to boot camp.

Trotter said that while Blummer had seven arrests in two years and was in drug court when the incident happened, prosecutors took into account that he admitted what he’d done, his age and that it was his first violent offense.

Blummer said he brought some of the restitution he owed with him to court, and that he was going to remain sober.

Blummer’s probation is four years. He was ordered to pay $2,019.46 restitution and to complete drug court and 200 hours of community service.

“I’m going to be watching you for a long time,” Young told Blummer.

A Gardnerville woman who slashed her boyfriend’s arm with a knife was sent to jail for six months as a condition of her suspended prison sentence for battery with substantial bodily harm.

Gynn Douglas, 43, was ordered not to have any contact with the victim until there was evidence that the man was undergoing treatment for drug use.

Douglas and the victim had been living together for six months when they got into an argument and Douglas allegedly tried to stab him. He put up his arm and deflected the blow from his abdomen.

Defense attorney Kris Brown said Douglas has a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.

Douglas told authorities she and her boyfriend had been using methamphetamine for weeks.

“The state is concerned about the safety of those around her,” Prosecutor Rick Casper said.

Douglas said she has been attending alcoholics and narcotics anonymous meetings. She said she had been clean for 13 years before she relapsed.

“I hurt someone I love,” she said.

Young sentenced her to 2-5 years in prison, and suspended the sentence on condition she spend six months in jail, and not have any contact with her boyfriend until he’s also in treatment.

Neither victim testified on Tuesday. The man Blummer struck has moved out of state.


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