Man convicted of firing gun in bar admits violating probation



A man who was drunk when he fired a gun into the floor of a Gardnerville bar, admitted Tuesday he violated his probation by driving under the influence through Virginia City.

Nicholas Charles Arthur Havens, 29, has been in Douglas County custody since April 23 after he was arrested in connection with the Storey County incident.

Attorney Paul Wolfe asked that his client be reinstated on probation after spending the last nine weeks in jail, saying his client got the message.

“We don’t need the full bottle of medicine here,” he said.

Prosecutor Bethany Towne said that Havens’ drinking was putting other people in harm’s way and asked for a 19-48-month prison term to be imposed.

Havens had a preliminary breath test of .368 when he was stopped in Virginia City and had a .259 when the shooting occurred March 31, 2023.

District Judge Tod Young pointed out that Havens had to be a “practiced alcoholic” to get to that level of intoxication.

He said that if Wolfe could present a long-term treatment program, he would consider approving that but Havens would remain in custody until then.

“I’m trying to keep him from killing someone in 16 months (when he would get out of prison),” Young said.

• A Carson City man said he’d rather do the short stint he has in prison rather than go through a treatment program.

With 200 days in custody, Stephen Grant Morse, 31, won’t spend much of his 12-30-month sentence in prison for drug possession.

He said that he has been sober since July 4, 2021.

His sentence will run concurrent with one he is serving in Carson City.

• A man admitted Tuesday he had 4 grams of methamphetamine when he was arrested on May 7.

Christopher Joseph Littlebeaver, 22, faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced on July 30. Prosecutors will recommend 12-30 months.

Attorney Brian Filter said his client isn’t seeking diversion.

Littlebeaver has been in custody since his arrest in May.

• A man who tried to smuggle drugs into jail will be allowed to attend a treatment program.

Lorenzo Phillip Lammers, 46, has been in custody since his bail was revoked for violating bail conditions on Dec. 21, 2023.

“He has been in jail, he has been in prison,” attorney Brian Filter said in asking for probation.

Prosecutor Bethany Towne sought 19-48 months in prison. Lammers received suspended simultaneous 19-48-month sentences on condition he participate in the program and remain in substance abuse counseling.

“I think you have so much time served that you would just be warehoused for a little bit,” Judge Tod Young said.

• A man admitted Tuesday he had methamphetamine when he was arrested April 11.

Prosecutors are recommending a 12-30-month sentence for Richard Greene III, 41, for felony possession of a controlled substance.

Greene has two prior felony convictions, according to prosecutor Ric Casper and therefore the judge is not required to put him on probation.

He will remain on supervision until his Aug. 20 sentencing.


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