Drug sale catches up to California man



A man was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison on Tuesday in a four-year old drug sale at Stateline.

Jean Claude Rocha, 31, received concurrent prison terms for a cocaine deal that occurred Dec. 22, 2019, and possession of suboxone in the jail that occurred while he was in custody awaiting sentencing.

With six months time served, he likely won’t spend long in prison.

Rocha was brought back to Douglas County on a warrant issued in 2020 after he didn’t show up in court because he was in custody in Cali-fornia, attorney Max Stovall said.

Because the warrant limited the distance for extradition, it wasn’t until Rocha was arrested in a DUI near Placerville in October that it came into effect.

Because the crime occurred before the Legislature reduced penalties, he faced a higher sentence for having 15 baggies of cocaine packaged for sale.

Prosecutor Erik Levin said a co-defendant in the case received 12-30 months.

• A Carson City man who had 11 grams of fentanyl will serve a 14-36-month sentence while he’s incarcerated.

Stephen Taylor Barns, 30, is serving 18-60 months in prison after he tried to drive off with a Carson City deputy on Aug. 14, 2023, after he was spotted with a methamphetamine pipe.

• Sentencing was delayed until April 23 while a man who admitted choking an elderly woman gets dental work.

Logan Alexander Peetz, 21, faces a mandatory prison term of up to five years in the Nov. 27, 2023, battery.

Peetz is indigent and requires either a root canal or extraction, which likely wouldn’t occur in prison.

The survivor of the attack said the work had to be done and District Judge Tod Young gave attorney Brian Filter a month to arrange that before sentencing.

• An arraignment is April 30 for a man who was allegedly involved in an April 11, 2023, hit and run crash at Stephanie Way and Vicki Lane.

Alexander Patrick Hulsey, 34, was driving a gray Escape and kept going after the collision, according to court documents.

He was arrested in Carson City for DUI. There was a guilty plea in the case, but it said he was eligible for probation, and that might not be true.

• A Stateline man who emptied a clip from a .40 caliber handgun into the wall of his apartment last spring faces a May 2 sentencing.

Andrew Edward-Arnold Wood, 34, faces up to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors won’t oppose probation. As part of a plea agreement, they will also recommend his probation not be revoked.

Wood was arrested May 20, 2023, in the shooting which broke his neighbors’ shower.

He said he was depressed and under the influence of alcohol and ketamine at the time.

• An April 22-25 trial was set for a Reno woman denying charges of possession of a controlled substance and concentrated cannabis.

Janmichele Beatrice Gould, 38, was arrested Christmas Day 2023 for allegedly running a stop sign at Buckeye and Orchard roads.

A background check revealed a warrant, and according to court documents, 8 grams of methamphetamine and 1.4 ounces of marijuana were found.

• A Topaz Ranch Estates man’s cash bail will stand pending his April 2 arraignment on felony drug charges after failing multiple drug tests.

Ike Anthony Madrid, 63, is facing charges in connection with his Jan. 18 arrest.

“I’m too old for it, I’m done with it,” Madrid said in court on Tuesday.

Madrid is struggling to stay sober, according to Prosecutor Jim Sibley, who said he’s heard the same thing from Madrid three times.

He was taken into custody on March 22 on the last sentencing violation.


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