Deliquent fathers admit failing to support children
Two men who owe thousands in back child support pleaded guilty in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.
Patrick McKinnon, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to support his two children.
According to court documents, he owes more than $60,000 in child support. Under a plea deal he would come up with $2,000 and then if he maintains his payments, the charges could be dismissed after five years.
Both men face 1-5 years in prison if they fail to comply.
McKinnon, who was imprisoned for two felony driving under the influence charges, was given a preliminary breath test in court on Tuesday because personnel believe he might be under the influence. The test came back with a .018 blood alcohol content, far enough under the legal limit for the judge to continue sentencing.
A July 15 trial date was vacated for Carson City resident Stephen C. Wilhoite, 49, who until Tuesday was denying the felony charge of failing to maintain a minor child.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, Wilhoite will pay $474 a month in arrearages. If he remains in substantial compliance for five years, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. If he pays off the amount he owes before that time, the case would be dismissed.
■ A Markleeville man was told to have a plan to maintain his sobriety or face prison.
Russell Maurice James, 42, dropped out of Western Regional Drug Court and faces 1-4 years in prison on a possession of a controlled substance count.
James was scheduled for sentencing on June 16, but that was delayed until Tuesday because he tested positive for methamphetamine.
Attorney Jamie Henry said James was taking care of his family and that he would like to be placed on probation.
District Judge Tod Young asked what James’ plan was to maintain his sobriety while on probation.
He said if James didn’t have a plan by July 14, he would send him to prison.
■ A Lake Tahoe woman, who said she started using methamphetamine when she was 19, asked to be sent to Western Regional Drug Court to deal with her addiction.
Julie M. Smith, 41, admitted to possession of a stolen vehicle
“I don’t want to do drugs or crime any more,” Smith told District Judge Tod Young. “I made horrible decision. Now I’m ready to make good decisions.”
She was sentenced to 12-36 months in prison, which was suspended for five years on condition she complete the intensive drug program. She was also ordered to pay $440 in restitution and $178 in fees.
“Not every addict is a thief,” Young told her.