Man faces 1-5 years in theft of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ games |

Man faces 1-5 years in theft of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ games

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office |

A man who admitted to grand larceny for taking several copies of the game, “Grand Theft Auto,” appeared Tuesday in Douglas County District Court on a warrant for failing to make his sentencing date.

James Branson Cook, 24, was ordered held until his sentencing after failing to appear at a July 7 hearing.

Defense attorney Derrick Lopez said Cook “spaced” his presentencing interview with Nevada Parole & Probation, and that he was in the hospital early on July 7 for a cough.

Lopez said Cook surrendered in California after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

District Judge Tod Young set an Aug. 11 sentencing date for Cook, to give parole and probation time to interview him.

Cook was remanded to the custody of the sheriff’s office.

Young told Cook and Lopez that while he hadn’t made up his mind, he had every reason to believe that Cook was going to prison.

Cook faces a 1-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Cook and an accomplice admitted taking video games worth more than $1,400 from the Topsy Lane GameStop on Dec. 3, 2014.

■ A Gardnerville Ranchos couple admitted Tuesday to felony charges related selling methamphetamine.

Joab Marquez, 31, and Kimberly Nunez, 26, appeared in Douglas County District Court where they both entered guilty pleas to sales of a controlled substance.

In exchange for their pleas, prosecutors will recommend probation.

The maximum sentence they could each receive is 12-72 months in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The sales occurred in April and May of this year.

A Sept. 22 sentencing date was set for the couple, who were released.

■ A two-year-old drug charge brought a Silver Springs man back to Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.

Matthew Arthur Hansen, 36, admitted on May 14, 2013, to having methamphetamine in his possession during an arrest two months before. Hansen is also facing a drug case in Lyon County.

According to court records, Hansen was scheduled to appear on July 23, 2013, but didn’t. The following week, court officials learned that he’d been given drug court in Lyon County on a possession case but failed to check in with parole and probation.

On Tuesday, Hansen said he’d been arrested in Placerville and served a prison sentence.

Young set sentencing for Aug. 4.