Trial canceled after man admits escape charge

Christian Morales

Christian Morales

A Gardnerville man, who was facing trial on a charge he fled parole and probation officers while handcuffed, admitted to a felony count of escape on Tuesday.

Cristian Jose Morales, 27, faces up to a decade in prison and a $10,000 fine. Under an agreement with prosecutors, they agreed to recommend his sentence at four years and run that simultaneously with his original conviction in exchange for a plea to a charge of battery by a prisoner in connection with a December altercation.

Morales was on probation for a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale when a probation officer went to check on him at his home on July 7, 2022.

He was allegedly using drugs in the garage and was taken into custody and handcuffed while law enforcement gathered evidence.

Morales was convicted of possession of a controlled substance for sale on April 5 after he was arrested in December 2021 with methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone.

The trial that was scheduled for Jan. 5-6 was vacated.

• A Sacramento man admitted Tuesday he was responsible for four commercial burglaries in October.

Andrey Yakimov, 34, admitted to a count of burglary of a business and faces up to five years in prison.

He will be ordered to pay restitution for breaking into Pacific Gas, Jamba Juice, Starbuck’s and Harrah’s.

He is not eligible for probation under the agreement.

Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators were responding to a series of burglaries at Carson Valley Plaza on Oct. 22 when they received a report someone was inside the Pacific Gas Station in Gardnerville.

Yakimov entered the businesses through the roof after using a ladder to climb up.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 21.

• A Dayton woman said she was removed from Western Nevada Regional Drug Court for being sober for too long.

Ashley Michele McKnight, 32, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, saying she’d attended the ordered program twice before she was removed.

District Judge Tod Young said he disagreed with the assessment but would modify the judgment to allow her to do weekly counseling after she’s released from jail.

McKnight said she still has an issue that could result in her incarceration in El Dorado County.

McKnight received a suspended 2-5-year prison sentence on condition she serve 90 days in jail and participate in Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

• It appears that the Department of Parole and Probation has dropped a hold on Mason Lee Dailey, who is facing a new charge of being under the influence of fentanyl and admitted a violation of his probation.

Dailey, 37, had his deferred sentence revoked after he failed to attend Veterans Court in Reno. He admittd to selling a drug used to treat opiate addiction.

A 14-year Army veteran, Dailey was discharged honorably, according to attorney Nadine Morton.

“Everything has spiraled out of control,” he said. “I have the tools to stay sober, but I don’t know why I haven’t.”

Under an agreement he will admit to the under the influence charge in East Fork Justice Court and return for sentencing on a felony on Feb. 7.

“Mr. Dailey does not reach out for help,” District Judge Tod Young said in revoking his diversion.


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