Man who cooked books faces sentencing for driving sloshed
A bookkeeper, who admitted taking $120,000 from a Storey County business, will have to wait for his sentencing in that case to find out if he will serve time for a felony DUI in Douglas County.
Craig E. Parrish, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 4 in Virginia City.
Rather than sentence him on the felony DUI on Tuesday, Judge Tod Young said it would be better to know whether Parrish was even going to be able to participate in DUI court.
“You could be either in prison, or free, or in jail as a condition of probation,” Young said.
Parrish, a Sparks resident, was arrested on Genoa Lane on Jan. 17 while he was awaiting sentencing on a second instance of driving under the influence.
If Parrish cannot participate in the DUI court, he would be subject to 1-6 years in prison. If he can, the charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor after a 2-5-year program.
Parrish originally faced five counts of theft for embezzling from the victim.
Attorney Derrick Lopez said Parrish had both drinking and gambling addictions, which led to the theft.
According to Parrish’s Linked In page, he last worked as controller for Dynamic Isolation Systems. He also served as controller for Holder Gaming Properties in Sparks.
■ A Reno man who shoplifted items in order to support his methamphetamine habit was sentenced to 12-36 months in prison in Minden on Tuesday.
Frederick Cruz Montejo, 35, is already serving 19-48 months in prison on cases that occurred before the thefts between July 13 and Aug. 28 at the Douglas County Walmart.
The items taken included a television, a Zoomer interactive pet and a mixer.
Thefts from Walmarts and Home Depot in Reno and Churchill County led to Montejo’s convictions there.
District Judge Tod Young made Montejo’s sentence concurrent to the other prison term.
■ A Gardnerville Ranchos woman admitted Tuesday to a felony count of burglary, saying she took painkillers from a friend’s home.
Maureen F. Ross, 49, told District Judge Tod Young she has been addicted to painkillers for a decade.
Under a plea negotiation, prosecutors will recommend that Ross get a suspended sentence on the condition that she participate in Western Regional Drug Court.
She told Young that she knew her friend had pain medication when she entered the Selkirk Circle home on May 4.
Ross participated in a drug diversion program after a 2011 conviction on a similar incident.
Ross is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20. The charge carries a sentence of 4-10 years.