Man faces prison in felony DUI |

Man faces prison in felony DUI

by Sarah Hauck

A Gardnerville Ranchos man faces up to 15 years in prison after he changed his plea on the eve of his trial for a subsequent felony driving under the influence.

Abelardo Gonzalez, 33, changed his plea to no contest in court Monday.

Gonzalez had originally pleaded innocent and was going to trial beginning Tuesday.

A no contest plea is treated as a guilty plea in the state of Nevada.

The trial date was vacated and a Dec. 28 sentencing was scheduled.

Gonzalez was arrested May 15 after being pulled over for not having a license plate light at Douglas Avenue.

According to court documents, when deputies talked to Gonzalez he appeared to be under the influence and later failed field sobriety tests.

A blood test at the jail revealed that Gonzalez had an alcohol content of .27 as well as amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine.

Gonzalez’s previous conviction was from 2005 in Douglas County, which resulted in a 12-30 month sentence.

He faces 2-15 years in prison at his sentencing. Abelard is not eligible for diversion to DUI Court.

■ A New Mexico man admitted Monday to forcing his way into a Stateline apartment.

Jerry Hipley, 24, pleaded guilty to home invasion after following his girlfriend’s friend into an apartment.

According to court documents on Aug. 20, Hipley saw his girlfriend and the victim sitting in a car and began banging on the windows before pulling the victim from the car.

The woman fled to an apartment where her cellphone was, to call the police.

Hipley followed the woman, forcing his way into the apartment leaving behind damage to the door in his wake.

“I was drinking and in my mind I had only pushed the door open,” Hipley said him court Monday. “My girlfriend and my dog were in there.”

At the time of sentencing other charges related to the incident will dropped and both sides will be free to argue for Hipley’s sentence.

He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Judge Tom Gregory allowed Hipley to remove the tracking ankle monitor, which he has been wearing since his release on bail.

Sentencing is Nov. 30.

■ A Minden man appeared in court to enter his plea in person Monday.

Robert Field, 42, appeared in court after missing two previous court dates.

The first time Field was in Florida receiving treatment for an epilepsy disorder, and most recently was out of the country at a monastery.

His attorney told the court that a miscommunication via email didn’t make it clear that he had to be in court.

Field’s plea of not guilty to a charge of possession of stolen property was entered by his attorney back in August.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, 2016.

Field was arrested Feb. 12 after deputies responding to a report of an argument at his home discovered a stamp book.

According to police documents, Field told deputies that the book was not his, but that he had not taken it.

The owner of the book identified the collection and said he noticed the book was missing, but thought it disappeared at a stamp show.

Field allegedly took the book from the victim’s garage office while the victim was evaluating a group of stamps Field had brought to him.