Car thief cranks prison time all the way to 10

Richard Common

Richard Common

A Winnemucca man, who abandoned a stolen orange Jeep in a ditch along Highway 395, increased his prison sentence to a decade Monday.

Richard Skyler Common, 30, was arrested on Dec. 28, 2021, after he ditched the Jeep he stole and caught a ride with co-defendant Celia Doyal to the Holiday Inn Express where they were taken into custody.

Common admitted to the possession of a stolen motor vehicle in March 2022 but had a case pending in Winnemucca and was sent there prior to sentencing.

The Humboldt Sun reported in December 2020 that Common received a suspended 2-5 year prison term on charges of felony theft and gross misdemeanor conspiracy to commit grand larceny of a motor vehicle.

His admission to the Douglas County felony resulted in revocation of that suspended and he was sent to prison, according to court docu-ments. Because of that, sentencing for the Douglas County charge took nearly a year to be invoked.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Common was sentenced in 2017 on a charge of attempted grand larceny and was pa-roled in 2018.

“He will go from one community to another and steal; victimizing anyone in his path,” said prosecutor Bethany Towne.

Common was brought back to Douglas County on Monday and was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison which will run consecutive with his Winnemucca case.

• A woman who was arrested with a dozen credit cards in her possession was granted a suspended sentence Monday.

Dawn Michelle Kuskie, 38, was arrested in October with co-defendant Jeffrey Alan Williams after deputies discovered that an expired regis-tration on a gray Lexus belonged to Kuskie who had a warrant for her arrest.

According to prosecutors, Kuskie had 11 prior convictions of similar offenses in forgery and burglary which were treated as misde-meanors. She also has three other active cases out of Las Vegas, Riverside, Calif., and Glendale Calif.

“The more trouble you get in, the more courts will be willing to send you to prison, “said Judge Thomas Gregory, “if that is not where you want to end up then you need to stop committing crimes.”

Kuskie was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison on the possession of credit cards without the card holder’s permission charge and for possession of a controlled substance. Both of those sentences were suspended and are to run consecutive to the cases she has active in other courts.

• A man who claimed he stole packages to feed his fentanyl addiction was sentenced to 19-48 months in prison Monday.

Jordan Michael Keeney, 35, stole four packages from a residence in Zephyr Cove in August 2021.

According to court documents, the Ring doorbell camera caught footage of Keeney and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested in November 2022 in Eldorado County after he had stolen a vehicle. During the arrest, Keeney provided authorities with false identification.

According to defense attorney, Keeney was stealing to feed his fentanyl addiction, and was seeking probation and a chance to get sober.

“I have never sought treatment before and it seems I have everything I need to achieve it,” said Keeney.

Prosecutors said Keeney has similar convictions that date back as far as 2016, including two felonies and a gross misdemeanor and failing to comply with drug court, which does not make him a good candidate for probation in this case.

He was required to pay restitution in the amount of $1,884.19. He was given credit for 79 days. On count two of providing false identifi-cation, he was sentenced to 77 days in jail which is to run concurrent with count one.

• A man who attempted to steal a motor vehicle faces 1-4 years in prison.

Douglas Arthur Allman, 53, admitted to attempted grand larceny Monday.

According to court documents, Allman attempted to steal a white 2011 Ford Edge on Dresslerville Dr on July 16, 2022.

Sentencing is set for March 13.

• A man who drove while under the influence of alcohol with his children in the vehicle faces 364 days in jail.

According to court documents, on Oct. 2, 2022, James Francis McKee,35, drove with an alcohol level of .19 with his three underage chil-dren in the vehicle.

The offense is being treated as a gross misdemeanor which is punishable of one year in jail and $2,000 fine.

According to defense attorney, McKee is already attending Alcoholic’s Anonymous meetings and parent classes. Sentencing is set for March 20.


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