Carson City man facing two felony DUI sentences

Joel Walker

Joel Walker


A Carson City man who stopped breathing and had to be revived after huffing canned air faces prison after he admitted a felony instance of driving under the influence.

Joel Calvin Walker Jr., 27, was arrested April 22 after he passed out in a running vehicle in a Gardnerville parking lot.

Under a deal with prosecutors, he will avoid a subsequent felony DUI which could result in a 2–15-year prison sentence.

Instead, he could face two 2-6-year sentences, which could run consecutively or simultaneously.

He was granted diversion after being arrested June 12, 2021, with a .145 blood alcohol content. He had prior convictions in Texas in 2016 and 2018.

• A 36-year-old man who acknowledged he’d spent most of his life in prison received a suspended 12–30-month prison term on Monday.

Daniel Joseph Stevens is finishing out a prison term for attempted grand larceny of a motor vehicle after he was caught with methamphetamine while on parole in March.

“I’ve spent most of my adult life in prison,” Stevens said. “I’m aware I need help.”

Stevens was ordered to participate in Western Nevada Regional Drug Court when his prison sentence expires.

Stevens has five theft related felony convictions, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. He was paroled in June 2021.

• A 52-year-old woman admitted to a count of possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Tara Brooks Ellis-Goff was arrested Jan. 16, 2021. She was released on her own recognizance on Monday as part of a plea negotiation.

• A South Lake Tahoe man with a long history of drug convictions admitted to one more on Monday.

Parker Henry Eoff, 34, faces up to 1-4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine after he was arrested with buprenorphine on Nov. 23, 2021.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29. Most possession cases require probation, but Eoff has prior drug felonies, including a 2018 conviction for possession of heroin. He is serving a jail term for misdemeanor possession of stolen property at Lake Tahoe.

• A woman who admitted to violating her probation received a 60-day jail sentence and will be dishonorably discharged.

Mariah Dazonae Zeno, 30, was in Douglas County District Court for the second time on a probation violation.

She was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison after being found in possession of methamphetamine during an Oct. 27, 2019, traffic stop. Once she completes her jail sentence her case will be completed.


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