Man gets last chance to avoid felony
November 18, 2016
A man who burglarized his mother's home was given a chance to avoid prison through drug court.
Roger D. Abraham-Noble, 30, was arrested in Minden after deputies found him during a search after he'd been in his mother's home without permission.
Attorney Kris Brown argued that Abraham-Noble has had a long history of substance abuse, which ended up getting him sent to a regimental discipline program in 2012 for a similar crime.
His mother said Abraham-Noble was a good person "who went sideways at 18.
"He's a stellar person when he's sober," she said.
Gamble said he agreed with many things Abraham-Noble said in her letter about the failings of the criminal justice system, but that she left out personal responsibility.
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"This is on you," he said to Abraham-Noble. "You have to make the decision not to drink and not to do drugs."
Abraham-Noble was ordered to participate in Western Regional Drug Court.
"There's no good excuse for a 30-year-old man in good health not to have a car or a home," Gamble said.
Abraham Noble was ordered to remain in custody until an inpatient program was available.
"This is your last opportunity not to have a felony on your record," Gamble said.
■ A Gardnerville woman admitted to using someone else's identification to avoid prosecution on Tuesday.
Kyla Yeoman, 27, said she showed deputies an identification belonging to someone she called a friend in an attempt to avoid being arrested on a warrant.
The felony carries a 1-5-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine.
According to court documents, Yeoman was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at Highway 395 and Cradlebaugh Bridge on Oct. 21.
Yeoman gave more than one name to the deputy. The identity cards she had were allegedly reported stolen a few days before.
Yeoman also admitted to a charge of possession of a controlled substance from a March 19 arrest.
Her attorney said she might be seeking diversion on the charges.
■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man was granted diversion to avoid going to prison for felony third instance of driving under the influence.
Maximillion Stephen Penfield, 29, was arrested in June for DUI third offense.
According to the police report, Penfield had a brake light and a taillight out and then rolled a stop sign in front of a deputy.
When he was pulled over they found a half full 40-ounce of Miller High Life and a marijuana pipe.
He had previously had his license revoked for a DUI.
His attorney said he's already on house arrest to start the diversion program.
■ A woman received a suspended 12-30-month prison sentence after she was convicted of felony arson on Tuesday.
Mollie McCarthy Adams, 28, felony arson in the fourth degree.
Adams was staying at Harveys Lake Tahoe when she set fire to newspapers in her hotel room, a story Gamble called "unbelievable."
"She set a waste basket on fire because it was her first time using a lighter," he said. "This is about more than whether she is qualified to use a lighter."
Hotel staff also saw her throw hypodermic needles out the window, which Gamble believed to be the real issue in Adams' case.
She asked to be placed on probation instead of diversion so she could return to Mammoth, where she said she had friends who would help her.
Prosecutor Brian Filter said he didn't think Adams was trying to do anything malicious.
"I think she was not in her right mind," he said.
Adams was ordered to stay with her mother in South Lake Tahoe until she could be supervised by California.
A man awaiting sentencing on a grand theft charge was taken into custody on Tuesday for an alternative sentencing violations.
Joseph Donald Hoover, 31, isn't scheduled to be sentenced on the charge until December after he admitted to taking a large television from the Grant Walmart.
He and another man were arrested on May 12 with the television in the back of a pickup.
Hoover was released on $2,500 bail after the hearing. He'd been in custody on a different charge in Carson City since the beginning of August, according to his attorney.
Hoover and Ralph Ruiz, 36, were arrested on May 12 after deputies responding to a burglary at the Grant Walmart spotted a white pickup with a big TV in the back driving through Minden.
Along with the television, deputies found 7.8 grams of heroin and 1.2 grams of methamphetamine.