Second pillowcase burglary suspect indicates plea
October 30, 2015
A second of the accused pillowcase burglars is scheduled to be arraigned in Douglas County District Court on Monday after he waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Travis Luke Lieberwirth, 37, is expected to plead guilty to one count of burglary with a deadly weapon, attorney Jamie Henry said.
He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison in connection with a tri-county burglary ring broken up last winter that included break-ins at Carson Valley homes.
Henry said that both the prosecution and defense are free to argue on the sentence.
Senior Judge Steve McMorris observed that residential burglaries were among the most dangerous crimes he'd seen in his time on the bench.
"I've seen people shot and killed," he said.
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McMorris bound Lieberwirth, who is in custody, over to district court.
Lieberwirth has a long criminal record with parole hearings dating back to 2001. His last parole hearing date was on Dec. 19, 2013, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
He served in prison with Tracey Lee Lock, who has already admitted culpability in the burglaries, and is awaiting sentencing in Douglas County.
Lock, 41, received 4-10 years in prison in Carson City for his role in as many as 30 burglaries that occurred in Douglas County, Washoe Valley and the capital.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 9, where he faces 6-15 years in prison for his involvement in Valley burglaries.
Douglas County homes on Kingsbury Grade, East Valley Road, Lindsay Lane and Fuller Avenue were homes with recorded break-ins with similar elements.
Burglars would take jewelry, small electronics and other items that were easy to carry away from the scene using a pillowcase they removed from the house.
In all, seven people have been arrested in connection with the burglaries.