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Man held in Ranchos shotgun discharge

A Johnson Lane man was ordered to stand trial in two felony charges in connection with a Dec. 15 shooting after a preliminary hearing on Friday morning.

Tyson Degenhart, 39, faces charges of discharging a firearm into a building and possession of a firearm by someone who has been convicted of domestic battery.

The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. in the Gardnerville Ranchos when Degenhart allegedly fired a shotgun through a wall.

The resident of the apartment, Cade Hoffman, listened to a recording of his interview with an investigator that night to refresh his memory of the occurrences.

Hoffman told the investigator that he was in bed when Degenhart came to his apartment.

"I was pretty drunk that night," Hoffman admitted.

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He said he told Degenhart that he'd been pounding on the wall the night before to get the neighbors to quiet down, eventually using the butt of his shotgun, which put a hole in the wall of his bedroom.

After telling Degenhart to check out the hole in the wall, he said he went into the living room to pull his shoes on. That's when he testified he heard the shotgun go off.

A preliminary hearing is designed to determine whether a crime had been committed and if there was enough evidence that the accused may have committed it.

Degenhart is denying the charges. His attorney, Maria Pence, challenged the charges he's facing, saying they were filed on Thursday and that she didn't have time to prepare a cross examination.

Senior Judge Steve McMorris set an April 12 hearing date for Degenhart in Douglas County District Court.