Kidnapping leads to felony charges for Carson man
April 8, 2004
A Carson City man is in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail for charges of kidnapping and torture in a November 2002 incident.
Stephen Morse, 38, was arrested about 6:45 p.m. on March 30 in the 2000 block of Lone Mountain Road in Carson City.
He is charged by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office with a Class A felony for kidnapping in the first degree and five Class B felonies for battery, stalking, coercion and two counts of false imprisonment.
A special investigator for the DA’s office became aware of the incident after he began investigating the death of another man at the request of a senator.
The charges by the DA’s office allege that Morse confined a man named Brandon Robbins for the purpose of killing him.
Over a three-day period, Morse allegedly broke Robbins’ kneecap, stabbed him in the leg with a knife and put a plastic ziptie around his neck. According to the justice court file, Morse was attempting to get information on Robbins’ drug contacts.
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At Morse’s April 2 hearing, the DA asked that his bail be raised to $50,000. The Justice of the Peace refused. The $25,000 bail remains.
Morse’s next hearing is scheduled for April 15.
Kidnapping in the first degree is punishable by life without the possibility of parole, life with the possibility of parole beginning after 15 years or a definite term of 40 years with parole eligibility beginning at 15 years.
Morse has prior arrests and convictions for assaults and batteries in Douglas County, Carson City, and Lyon County and an arrest by Nevada Highway Patrol for driving under the influence.