Probation absconder sentenced to prison |

Probation absconder sentenced to prison

by Sarah Hauck

A 23-year-old Minden man was sent to prison for leaving the state while on probation.

Robert Schwoerer was arrested Dec. 1 in Stockton, Calif., after he fled from probation officers in Carson City on Oct. 14.

Schwoerer had been on probation since April 28, 2013, after admitting to possession of a controlled substance in a 2012 case.

When Schwoerer appeared in court on Monday he pleaded no contest to three different probation violation reports.

He said he has asked for help before, but left treatment and prison time is the best thing for him.

Schwoerer had his 12-34 month sentence imposed as well as the $678 of unpaid funds as well as $300 for extradition fees.

He was given credit for 220 days of time served, so he will be eligible for parole in less than five months.

At his November 2012 sentencing, Schwoerer was ordered to complete Western Regional Drug Court

He didn’t complete drug court and was placed on five years probation on April 28, 2013. Under Nevada law, a possession charge carries mandatory probation.

Less than a month later, on May 23, 2013, deputies spotted him drinking in a downtown Gardnerville bar.

Deputies said he struggled with them when they tried to take him into custody.

At a June hearing Judge Michael Gibbons reinstated his probation on condition he spend 108 days in jail. He was released Aug. 21. The incident with parole and probation officers happened less than two months later.

Schwoerer was originally arrested on a theft charge after he allegedly snatched $46 from a cocaine customer on Aug. 9, 2012. He was the subject of a manhunt in Gardnerville after the victims reported the incident. He was found hiding in his parents’ home three days later. The theft charge was dropped in exchange for his plea in the drug charge.

He also has two convictions for domestic battery.