Woman sentenced to prison for third DUI
A woman with a lengthy criminal history will be spending some time in prison for her third DUI.
Ann Syphus-Freed, 51, was given the opportunity to participate in DUI court in 2014, but after missed counseling appointments and missed drug tests she found herself back in front of Judge Tod Young.
Young wanted to send Syphus-Freed to prison back in 2014 but gave her a chance.
“DUI court is different (from drug court),” Young said back in 2014. “You don’t get a million chances. By the time you come before this court and make application for DUI court, you are, by definition, a repeat offender.”
Syphus-Freed’s lawyer Ronald Cauley was asking for her to be reinstated into the program, but Young denied the request.
Cauley said that the DUI court described Syphus-Freed as being unmanageable and showing drug seeking behaviors.
“People who drive under the influence, including your client, are dangerous,” said Young.
She was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison with credit for 313 days time served and ordered to pay over $2,000 in fees and fines.
“I’ve done the best that I could do,” said Syphus-Freed. “I may be hurting both physically and mentally but I’m learning to deal with it.”
■ Dell Charles Plante, 47, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm for his May 14 offense.
He texted a woman a picture of himself with a revolver to his head and then was arrested and the deputies found the gun inside a vehicle.
He is facing up to six years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
The judge released him on his own recognizance until his Aug. 9 sentencing date.
“I won’t let you down, I won’t let myself down,” said Plante.
He will also report to the Western Nevada Regional Drug Court Monday for his methamphetamine addiction.
■ Michael Daron Skenandore, 24, was in court on Tuesday for a March 2015 offense of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substances act.
He is facing up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Judge Young released him on his own recognizance to deal with a probation violation out of Alpine County.
Sentencing was set for Aug. 9.
■ Ryan Jon Smith, 27, was arrested in May for possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine.
His parents called law enforcement to get him help because they felt that they were powerless, according to police reports.
Smith is an Iraq war veteran with the Marine Corps, and started using marijuana, then pain pills and then methamphetamine.
He said that he was trying to get help, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs kept pushing out his appointments several months so he turned to methamphetamine.
Judge Young asked why he was hopping around to different drugs, since they all have a slightly different effect.
“I just like to get high your honor, I’m not too picky I guess,” said Smith.
The maximum penalty is up to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
Smith was in custody during his court appearance, but the judge released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to appear at drug court Monday.
“There’s not a mom or dad out there that wants to see their son dressed the way you are,” said Young.
■ Holly Miller, 28, was ordered to appear in drug court on Monday to try and help her maintain sobriety.
She was extradited from Los Angeles for her part in a residential burglary where she was just present when it happened. She got into the other defendant’s car after they offered her heroin, which she had been using for a while.
“She’ll use until she dies,” Young said. “She’s been working really hard to kill herself.”
Young gave her a chance to participate in the program and deal with what he said was her significant problem.
“I’ll try my hardest,” said Miller.
■ David Slate, 37, has been participating in the drug court since 2014, but said he is no longer able to continue and wants to go to prison.
According to his attorney Jamie Henry Slate’s mother passed away and he doesn’t have many personal belongings.
“He would like to go to prison,” said Henry.
The case was continued until Tuesday.
■ Justin Hineman, 34, was placed on probation for his fraudulent use of a credit card.
He used another person’s credit card when they left it at a gas station.
“I am very regretful for my actions,” said Hineman. “I do work very hard, I just want to continue to work hard.
He was given a 12-32 month suspended sentence as well as ordered to pay back the $55 that he charged and over $200 in fees and fines.