Man sent to prison for drug deal
An Alpine County man will be spending some time in prison for his involvement in a drug deal.
Michael Daron Skenandore, 24, pleaded guilty in June for a March 2015 offense of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substances act.
He participated in a drug deal of methamphetamine with his toddler present.
“He’s an addict, he will always be an addict and he needs help with it,” said his attorney Derrick Lopez.
Lopez was asking for drug court and probation but Judge Tod Young denied the request.
“I want to be there for my kid, I don’t want to go to prison, get out and do the same thing,” said Skenandore.
He was given a 12-30 month prison sentence with credit for 69 days time served.
“You can go ahead and make that change,” said Young. “I want you to have a good life.”
■ Daniel Kelly Gorman, 26, was in court on Tuesday for a bail condition violation after testing positive for marijuana.
Gorman originally entered a not guilty plea in March to a felony third driving under the influence offense and had a trial set for November.
His previous DUI offenses are out of California from 2008 and 2010.
Gorman said that he is going to school working two jobs and then his grandpa died which stressed him out so that he decided to smoke.
“He’s demonstrating that he’s not very trustworthy,” said Young.
Gorman said that he needed some sort of coping mechanism for when it all becomes too much.
“When my grandpa died I lost control,” said Gorman.
Young let Gorman stay out of custody but ordered him to talk to a counselor.
“The marijuana didn’t really kill the stress did it,” said Young.
“It made it worse,” said Gorman.
A four-day trial is still set for Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28.
■Robert Anthony Lloyd, 51, will be spending the next 30 days in jail for stealing from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Lloyd was the former chief pilot for NDOW when he stole helicopter blades and sold them.
He sold the blades for $42,000 and claimed that they only had 2,400 hours on them instead of 5,000.
He was facing up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine for the felony theft.
“Certainly it was very poor judgment,” said his attorney Thomas Viloria.
Viloria said that Lloyd lived his whole life with character and high ethics but Young cut him off.
“It’s an act of thievery,” said Young.
Viloria said that this was an isolated offense and not to judge him based on that.
“Look at his whole life,” said Viloria.
Lloyd has paid restitution to the company that bought the plane as well as fees from the Federal Aviation Administration.
While Lloyd hasn’t worked for NDOW since the incident, his license to fly may also be comprised as a result of this conviction.
Since Lloyd falsified the amount of hours that the blades had, Deputy District Attorney Brian Filter said that he breached the trust of people.
“He did indeed place people at risk,” said Filter.
Lloyd was visibly emotional when addressing the court about the incident.
“I know I did the wrong thing,” said Lloyd. “It’s put a lot of grief in our family.”
He was placed on probation for three years, but ordered to serve 30 days in jail first.
“If it’s not yours keep your hands off of it,” said Young. “This is not just thievery, there is an act of deception that goes along with this.”