Men face elderly exploitation charge |

Men face elderly exploitation charge

by Aurora Sain

Two men accused of detailing an elderly Johnson Lane man’s vehicle without permission and demanding money changed their pleas on Monday.

Sonny Alex Sterio, 41, and Michael John, 40, changed their pleas from not guilty to no contest.

They originally had a trial scheduled for July, but decided to vacate the dates and change pleas instead.

They were arrested in August 2015 after following the 70-year-old victim from Carson City Smith’s to Home Depot telling him they would detail his car.

Sterio came and demanded $900 saying they fixed the victims car.

The victim gave them $200 and said he wouldn’t be able to get any more money until Saturday.

Both men were arrested Aug. 22 after deputies received a call from the bank and found them outside waiting for the man.

Originally, there were several charges including robbery of a person 60 years or older, principle to extortion and conspiracy.

Those charges were dropped, and both men are facing a gross misdemeanor charge of exploitation of an elderly person.

The maximum penalty in this case is 364 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine and restitution.

Sterio had originally posted a $100,000 bail and John posted a $170,000 bail.

Sentencing was set for May 23 at 9 a.m.