Man sent to prison after third failed diversion |

Man sent to prison after third failed diversion

by Sarah Hauck

A California man who had been given two opportunities at a diversion program was sent to prison after his third attempt.

Joel Grosskopf, 28, was sentenced to 12-32 months in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

Grosskopf had been granted the opportunity to work on his mental health issues and addiction through programs in California since 2013.

He had been arrested after not appearing in court for review hearings and providing the ordered paperwork during his first program.

Grosskopf was arrested on a warrant for not appearing in court for his last program, during a traffic stop that produced drugs on several of the other passengers.

Although he had been working through another drug court program, his most recent arrest prompted the prison time.

Grosskopf was originally arrested April 20, 2009, after investigators discovered a marijuana grow operation with 40 plants and paraphernalia at Grosskopf’s home in the 3500 block of Arcadia Drive in Jacks Valley.

He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in October 2013.

■ A Stateline man was released on his own recognizance to prove his dedication to sobriety while awaiting sentencing.

Jeffrey Steinhoefel, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance on Tuesday.

Steinhoefel was originally arrested on St. Patrick’s Day after he took his ex-girlfriend’s car without permission.

He was involved in a disturbance outside of a casino while deputies were looking for him.

During a search deputies found hypodermics and methamphetamine.

Steinhoefel was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on May 5.

The possession charge carries mandatory probation.

Drug court will be recommended as a diversion program at his Sept. 15 sentencing.

Steinhoefel faces a maximum of 12-48 months and up to a $5,000.

He was released and ordered to begin attending 12-step meetings and counseling.

“How you do until September will be proof of dedication to sobriety,” Judge Tod Young said. “Just remember a year in county jail might be the rehab you get if you don’t do well over the next couple of weeks.”

■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man pleaded guilty to statutory sexual seduction, a gross misdemeanor on Tuesday.

Brandon Clark, 19, admitted to having sex with his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend and a 13-year-old last year and earlier this year.

Clark was arrested after the victims filed complaints.

The incidents happened between July-September 2014 and October 2014-March of this year.

Probation will be recommended if a psycho-sexual evaluation proves Clark is not at a high risk to reoffend.

He faces up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine at his Sept. 22.

Clark is currently serving six months in jail for violating a court order.

His sentence expires in November.

■ A San Francisco man who admitted to stabbing a man in the stomach in a Harvey’s hotel room failed to show up for his sentencing Tuesday.

A no-bail bench warrant was issued for Christopher Calder, 31.

His attorney said she had been in constant contact with Calder, and that he was aware of his court date.

He told his attorney he had slept in and was still in San Francisco.

Calder changed his not guilty plea to battery causing substantial bodily harm on April 14.

Calder was arrested July 5, 2014, after deputies were dispatched to Harvey’s hotel.

When they arrived Calder admitted to stabbing the victim, but said it was in self-defense, which he originally stood behind at his Dec. 16, 2014, arraignment where he pleaded not guilty.

He faces 12-30 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

■ A bench warrant was issued for a Dayton man who still owes restitution after being released from prison.

A $1,119 cash-only warrant was issued for Steven R. Queen, 36, who failed to appear Tuesday to set up a payment schedule for the money he owes.

Queen’s lawyer, Jamie Henry, said she had tried to contact him to get him to court.

Queen was sentenced to prison on Aug. 13, 2013.

He was ordered to pay the restitution for shoplifting items from three stores over the course of four months.

■ A Gardnerville man asked to be sent to prison claiming probation supervision wasn’t right for him.

Patrick Adams, 19, was sentenced to consecutive 12-48 months prison and 364 days jail sentences after quitting a second diversion program.

He was first sent to the Regimental Boot Camp Program Dec. 31, 2014, after admitting to several probation violations and having an issue dealing with his probation officer.

Adams was on probation for stealing a truck from a Ranchos residence and then abandoning the vehicle after he got stuck in the mud on Sawmill Road.

Adams also had a felony forgery charge that was suspended for two years pending the outcome of his boot camp performance.

Adams said he left the boot camp after three weeks because he felt it was not going to help him recover from his addiction to methamphetamine or pills, and he accepted the chance at boot camp as a secondary choice to Salvation Army.

He was later granted permission to participate in the Salvation Army program as a second chance.

Adams left that program shortly after because of conduct related issues.

If he had completed either program, the forgery charge would have been dismissed and he would have been able to withdrawal his guilty plea from his gross misdemeanor unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, as well as be discharged from probation.

Adams was given credit for 193 days of time served.

■ A Markleeville man had his deferral revoked and was given a second chance at sobriety through probation.

Russell James, 42, dropped out of Western Regional Drug Court and was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop.

Deputies found methamphetamine in James’ pocket during a search.

He was sentenced to 12-32 months suspended and he was placed on probation so he could participate in an in-patient treatment program.

James was ordered to remain in custody until a spot in a program became available.

He must remain in counseling and an after-care program the entire three year length of his probation term.

James was given credit for 76 days of time served.