Warrant issued for woman who left courtroom before sentencing

Sally Seagren

Sally Seagren

 A $10,000 warrant was issued Monday for a Gardnerville woman who walked out of the courthouse before being sentenced on a felony DUI and didn’t return.
Sally Joy Seagren, 58, is facing a mandatory prison sentence in connection with an Aug. 15, 2019, collision in the Gardnerville Ranchos.
Under Nevada law, a subsequent felony driving under the influence is punishable by a mandatory minimum of two years in prison. Seagren served a previous prison term for felony DUI after she dropped out of a diversion program in 2016.
She was released from prison in 2017 and slightly more than two years later ran into the rear of another vehicle.
According to court documents, Seagren then walked to a bar where she was located by deputies after she dropped her driver’s license at the scene.
She was scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 25, but attorney David Houston said she walked out before court started because she was upset by something that appeared in her sentencing documents.
“She had an emotional breakdown,” he told the judge, “and bolted from the interview room.”
Houston asked for a week to contact Seagren. He told District Judge Tom Gregory on Monday that he was told not to expect her to be in court.
Gregory said he’d issued a warrant based on an alternative sentencing violation shortly after court on Jan. 25. On Monday he upped the ante with the $10,000 warrant.

• A Bishop man faces mandatory prison after he admitted to a subsequent felony DUI on Monday.
Darrell Gene Biederman, 49, admitted he had a .284 blood alcohol content on Oct. 2, when he was pulled over on Highway 395 in Minden.
Biederman faces 2-15 years in prison and a $2,000-$5,000 fine at his sentencing scheduled for March 22.
He was ordered not to drive.

• A Gardnerville man could receive diversion after he admitted to theft at a home that occurred between Sept. 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020.
Robert Loyd Davis, 42, entered a guilty plea to a count of theft on Monday.
Under a guilty plea agreement, Davis will have to pay $3,114.14 in restitution to the owner of several construction items, a rifle and iPad and jewelry. As part of the agreement, he will apply for Western Nevada Regional Drug Court as either a condition of probation or a diversion.
Davis was not the sole defendant in the case.
He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine at his March 8 sentencing.

• A man who owes more than $50,000 in child support received a suspended 12-32-month sentence and was ordered to pay $300 a month.
Anthony Scott Drinkwine received a deferred sentence nearly five years ago, but failed to make payments.
With interest, the amount he owes is actually more than it was in November 2015, when he was ordered to pay $51,177.76.

• A Carson City man is in the wind after his attorney said his phone has been disconnected and he’d stopped replying to emails.
A $5,000 cash warrant was issued on Monday for Matthew Joseph Cryer, 21, who is accused of using his mother’s credit cards and taking a check she received in a refinance. He also failed to register as an ex-felon.

• A man who rolled a cart containing $1,356 in merchandise received a suspended 24-60-month prison sentence on Monday.
John Allen Vela, 55, admitted to a count of felony grand larceny in connection with the February 2020 theft.
Vela admitted he had a significant prison record, but had avoided any serious charges after he was released from prison in 2011.
Vela was ordered to spend 30 days in jail as part of his sentence.

• A Gardnerville woman will attend an inpatient treatment program after she received a suspended 1-3-year prison sentence on Monday.
Lorissa Jim, 34, admitted a charge of possession of methamphetamine for sale in December.
She will remain in Douglas custody until a bed becomes available in the treatment program.


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