Man faces more time for battering batterer



A man in custody awaiting sentencing for drug sales admitted he choked a fellow inmate on March 19.

Anthony Michael Conley, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of battery by a prisoner for grabbing another inmate by the throat on Feb. 6.

Conley was scheduled to be sentenced on a charge of sales of a controlled substance, but that sentencing and the one for the battery charge was delayed until April 2.

The other inmate, Logan Peetz, 20, is awaiting a March 26 sentencing for domestic battery with strangulation. He will get to provide a victim impact statement.

Conley could face up to six years in the felony, but there’s a recommendation that he receive 12-30 months on both counts.

• A Gardnerville man who sold fentanyl three times in the vicinity of public park or school received consecutive suspended 3-8 year prison sentences on March 19.

Sean Robert Klena, 33, conducted the last sale at Lampe Park when he was arrested on Oct. 17, 2023.

“He was selling to feed his own habit,” attorney Marty Hart said at Klena’s sentencing, acknowledging that all three of the sales were within 1,000 feet of either the park or Gardnerville Elementary School.

Neither Hart nor prosecutor Ric Casper knew whether Klena or the buyer suggested the locations.

“The state understands he was acting out of his own addiction,” Casper said.

He told District Judge Tod Young that deputies reached out to say they’d seen Klena at a grocery store and that he appeared clean. Originally charged with trafficking, Klena told the judge he’d been at his sister’s sentencing for a similar circumstance.

“You might not remember but when you asked me whether I was using, I said ‘Hell, no,’” Klena said. Young said he did remember.

A concern for Casper was that the longest Klena could be on probation was two years. As part of his sentencing he was given credit for 10 days time served.

• A man whose drug diversion was revoked was ordered back into Western Nevada Regional Drug Court as a condition of probation.

Jessie James Avalos, 30, admitted he had 3.4 grams of methamphetamine and was granted the diversion in March 2022, but didn’t want to undergo a six-month treatment program.

Avalos received a suspended 19-48-month prison sentence and will have to go back to drug court.

“Explain to them you have 88 days time served, which is three months sobriety,” District Judge Tod Young said. “Get on the bus and don’t try to sit in the drivers seat.”

Avalos was convicted of a felony when he made the error of running from law enforcement in the middle of the manhunt for a serial killer in the opening days of 2019. He was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison on a charge of attempted failure to stop for a peace officer.

• A man who was arrested last summer is denying two drug possession charges.

Lorenzo Phillip Lammers, 45, has been in custody since his bail was revoked for violating bail conditions on Dec. 21, 2023.

A trial was set for May 8-10 after Lammers entered innocent pleas on Tuesday. Lammers could face more severe charges at trial.

Lammers bail was upheld on Tuesday.


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