Botched car theft sends man to prison |

Botched car theft sends man to prison

by Amy Alonzo

A Sacramento man who attempted to take a Jeep Liberty from a Stateline casino parking lot was sentenced to up to 30 months in prison.

Richard S. Ellis, 45, was arrested in February after he broke the window of a Jeep Liberty, sat in the driver’s seat, then got out and walked toward California.

Defense attorney Kris Brown requested Tuesday in Douglas County District Court that Ellis be granted diversion, but the request was denied.

He is eligible for parole after 12 months. He gets credit for 83 days served.

A warrant was issued for a South Lake Tahoe man who failed to appear in court Tuesday.

David J. Martinez, 33, was arrested in September at the Lakeside Inn Casino on a warrant. He had heroin and paraphernalia on him at the time. In July, Martinez had taken five $100 gaming chips from a blackjack dealer. He also took a purse from a woman and used her credit cards to purchase more than $2,000 worth of items from the Lakeside Inn Casino.

His defense attorney said he thought Martinez was at a drug treatment facility in Placerville, but that he hadn’t been able to reach him.

A Gardnerville woman who attempted to import narcotics from Thailand will attend counseling for up to three years.

Sandra K. Gilmore, 50, was arrested in September after the Drug Enforcement Administration in Thailand alerted the Douglas County Street Enforcement Team that a package of tramadol was being shipped to Gilmore from Thailand.

Gilmore was arrested at the post office, where she had a package containing 400 tramadol pills.

A Wellington man who violated his probation is headed to prison.

Daniel M. Redding, 24, violated his probation by using methamphetamine and heroin.

“I couldn’t get off the drugs,” he told Judge Tod Young.

Redding was originally arrested in December of 2015 after he participated in a burglary at the Target on Jacks Valley Road. Deputies recognized him on the surveillance video and arrested him at the Quality Inn in Minden.

Probation was reinstated for a Gardnerville man who violated his terms by smoking marijuana.

Tanner T. Cooper, 25, was originally arrested in September of 2013 after he entered the Village Launderette to commit larceny and he helped another person attempt to rob Sierra Market.

Young told Cooper that despite smoking marijuana, he is impressed with changes Cooper has made in his life.

The sentencing of a Gardnerville Ranchos woman who sold LSD was continued so that a substance abuse evaluation can be performed.

Amber A. Johnson, 19, was arrested in January after she sold seven tablets of LSD for $120.