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Teenager narrowly misses prison term


Describing the case as making him wince, prosecutor Rick Casper agreed with suspending the sentence of a Gardnerville man accused of theft and sexual seduction of a minor but sought more jail time.

Casper even suggested Dallas P. Clark, 18, might benefit from a regimental discipline program known as boot camp.

That drew an objection from defense attorney Kris Brown, which was upheld by District Judge Tom Gregory.

Clark was arrested May 10 after deputies spotted his vehicle near the Douglas County Fairgrounds. He was found undressed inside with stolen property and a 15-year-old girl.

Gregory agreed that the case was wince-worthy, but said he believed Clark might not be accepted into the bootcamp program.

“It’s possible that he won’t qualify and that we’ll be back here in 30 days,” he said.

Instead he sentenced him to a suspended 16-48 month prison term, and ordered him to spend another 90 days in jail.

“I’m not sure you realize how close you came to going to prison today,” Gregory said. “These thefts were from someone who trusted you and you were stealing from your neighbors. It’s despicable. I will send you to prison if you violate the terms of this probation.”

Clark’s probation will last five years and he must pay nearly $2,600 in restitution.

Gregory said all the restitution must be paid during his first year of probation.

A psycho-sexual examination determined that Clark was not a high risk to re-offend.

■ A California man admitted to transporting a controlled substance to avoid a trafficking charge on Monday.

Sean F. Walton, 30, was arrested at the Mont Bleu casino on July 14 after he was detained by hotel security for trespassing.

When he was taken into custody by Douglas County deputies, they found 5 grams of methamphetamine.

Walton faces a maximum of six years in prison on the felony. Under a plea agreement he would receive probation on the condition he completed Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 10. His attorney said he’d been living in a tent in the woods and wanted to be released so he could gather his belongings.

District Judge Tom Gregory denied the request.

■ Two men appeared in Douglas County District Court facing felony charges of driving under the influence.

Topaz Ranch Estates resident Jason Danny Thomas, 39, admitted he was hitting the bars on May 11 when he blacked out. According to the Sheriff’s Office he had a .191 blood alcohol content when he was pulled over.

He was convicted of felony driving under the influence in Utah in 2005. In Nevada any subsequent instance of driving under the influence after one felony conviction is considered a B felony carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a 2-5-year prison sentence.

A South Lake Tahoe man admitted to being in control of a vehicle in Stateline on July 3.

Marcos Cervantes, 39, was arrested after deputies spotted his vehicle parked in the CVS lot with its headlights on.

Cervantes is not eligible for diversion and faces up to six years in prison.

■ A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Gardnerville man, who was sent to prison for breaking into Gardnerville restaurants and stealing the contents of servers’ tip jars.

Lee Lawson, 24, owes nearly $2,000 in restitution in connection with the case, and was ordered to appear in Douglas County District Court after he got out of prison.

A bailiff told District Judge Tod Young that Lawson left the last address shortly before he arrived to serve a summons.

Attorney Derrick Lopez said the number he has for Lawson doesn’t allow for messages. Young issued a $500 warrant for Douglas County only for Lawson’s arrest.

“That should help pay some of the restitution,” he said.

Lawson was arrested Dec. 19, 2013, in connection with a rash of burglaries that had occurred at restaurants along Main Street.

He was spotted walking with a backpack similar to one seen in security footage. Inside the backpack were coins, two screwdrivers and a hammer.

Lawson was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison in March 2014.

He failed to report for a July hearing to set up a payment plan to deal with his restitution.