Man admits to Ranchos stabbing
October 31, 2016
A Dresslerville man admitted Monday to a Gardnerville Ranchos stabbing on Sept. 30.
David James, 52, was arraigned in Douglas County District Court. James faces a maximum 2-10 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of battery with a deadly weapon.
James, who has a broken leg and suffers from bipolar disease is also eligible for probation.
Prosecutor Rick Casper asked that a portion of the charge against James referring to the victim's substantial bodily harm be stricken.
James admitted stabbing the other man, who was playing video poker at Ranchos Liquor.
■ A man who was the subject of an April 27 manhunt had a new attorney appointed to represent him on Monday.
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Joshua Albericci, 36, was scheduled to be sentenced next week, but may withdraw his guilty plea.
Albericci hired Richard Davies to represent him in the case and entered guilty pleas to three felony counts in relation to the incident.
Then on Sept. 30, Albericci filed a motion to withdraw his guilty pleas without Davies' knowledge.
Davies was granted withdrawl as Albericci's attorney and public defender Kris Brown was appointed to represent him.
A hearing date was set for Nov. 21 to give Brown time to assess Albericci's case and file any motions he might want.
Albericci pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and ex-felon in possession of a firearm in July, shortly before he was scheduled to go to trial on more serious charges.
■ A South Lake Tahoe man will probably be deported after he was sentenced to prison for felony DUI on Monday.
Marco Cervantes, 39, received 12-30 months in prison for a third instance of driving under the influence in seven years,
Attorney Kris Brown said Cervantes would qualify for diversion if it weren't for an immigration hold.
Cervantes was also fined $2,000. He was given 121 days time served since his July 3 arrest in a Stateline casino parking lot.
■ A Gardnerville man will be allowed to go to Nebraska where he has family and a chance at treatment after he appeared in Douglas County District Court on Monday.
Christopher Littlebeaver graduated a boot camp program, but washed out of Carson City mental health court.
Littlebeaver had 527 days time served, which would have meant the underlying prison sentence would have been completed with little or no time left.
Instead, District Judge Tom Gregory placed him on probation on condition he serve 364 days in Douglas County jail and dishonorably discharged.
■ A Minden woman is seeking diversion to mental health court after admitting she embezzled money from the account of a woman she was caring for.
Raven Rodriquez, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday to a felony count after being accused by the woman's son of taking $15,000 from her account.
Attorney Derrick Lopez said the bank made good on most of the missing money. Prosecutor Brian Filter said there could be more than $10,000 restitution in the case.