Man sent to prison for DUI |

Man sent to prison for DUI

by Aurora Sain

A man was sentenced to 2-5 years in prison Monday for driving under the influence with a previous felony offense.

Abelardo Gonzalez, 33, was originally arrested in May after being pulled over for a suspended registration and no license plates.

When officers were speaking to Gonzalez, he appeared to be under the influence and there was also an underage girl in the car with him who had also been drinking.

His previous felony offense was in 2005, and he was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison.

The charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dropped in this case.

His lawyer, Jamie Henry, argued that Gonzalez wanted to do better, and planned to participate in many activities while incarcerated including counseling.

“I know that I need to get better,” said Gonzalez.

He was ordered to pay over $2,000 in fees and fines. He has credit for 212 days time served.

As Gonzalez was being taken away and sent to prison, his dad stood up and made an emotional plea to the judge.

“Your honor, may I please be able to approach my son for a second?”

The judge denied the request, and moved on to the next case.

■ John Neese, 51, was sentenced to probation for possession of a controlled substance.

He was originally arrested Oct. 6 after he was seen conducting a drug deal and taking off to the sand pits to get high.

While he hasn’t attended any counseling since being released, he did obtain a full-time job and has made all the payments he was required to make.

His attorney Henry argued for probation without the condition of drug court, because the hours would conflict with his job.

Neese argued that his job has contributed to his sobriety and he loves being busy, working over 40 hours a week.

“I don’t look behind my shoulder anymore,” said Neese.

Judge Thomas Gregory ordered Neese to pay fees and fines as well as supervision fees.

The length of his probation is not to exceed 5 years, but if he violates, he could be looking at 19-48 months in prison.

He has credit for 9 days time served.

■ Roger Dale Abraham-Noble, 29, was in court on Monday after being returned on a warrant from 2013.

He was ordered to pay restitution for a 2011 burglary, but failed to pay any of it.

He also was a failure to appear twice in 2013, which is when the warrant was issued.

If convicted, he could face 25 days in jail and ordered to pay all fees and restitution.

His bail was set at $1,000 cash only, but if he posts bail he will be transported to deal with a warrant out of Carson City.

The case was continued until Jan. 11.