Severe 2015 beating results in prison

A California man was ordered into prison on Monday after he admitted to his part in a 2015 Stateline beating that lacerated a man’s brain.

Avri Jordan Newkirk, 28, was sentenced to 19-48 months in prison and ordered to pay $29,419 in restitution in the case.

Newkirk said that since 2015 he’s had three children and has been working steadily.

“I’m not proud this incident happened,” he said. “I would like the opportunity to make this right and to show I’m not a menace to society.”

Newkirk admitted to battery causing substantial bodily harm. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors were not seeking prison time.

Attorney Matthew Ence said that Newkirk hasn’t had any criminal history since the incident occurred.

According to court documents, Newkirk participated in a Sept. 19, 2015, beating on the victim. He and another man came across Highway 50 to attack the victim after being yelled at for picking on people.

The victim was holding his own until a woman jumped on him from behind, knocking him down.

The man suffered from an intracranial hemorrhage. In a victim statement, he said he suffered a concussion and had trouble concentrating, depression and other disorders as a result of the attack.

“I experience issues with trust of strangers and this has had a negative social effect on me,” he said in the statement read aloud by District Judge Tom Gregory.

Gregory said that being five years old didn’t make the case any less egregious.

■ A $7,500 nationwide bench warrant was issued for the arrest of a California man who was scheduled to appear in court for a sentencing hearing.

Jason John Mills faces up to six years in prison after admitting he tried to elude deputies June 4.

Mills was driving the wrong way on Highway 88 directly at a deputy while southbound toward Alpine County. He swerved at the last minute and deputies followed him into California, where he was arrested for DUI by the California Highway Patrol.

He entered his guilty plea in August from his home and hasn’t been heard from since.

■ A Carson City woman admitted Monday to a charge of gross misdemeanor elder neglect.

Cecilia Felice Garcia, 41, is being prosecuted by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.

The charge alleges she failed to take care of her father between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.

Under the plea agreement she would pay $1,600 to his estate in restitution and $1,000 to the Attorney General’s Office. While punishable by 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, neither the prosecution nor the defense is seeking jail time at her Nov. 30 sentencing.


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