Man faces life in lewdness case |

Man faces life in lewdness case

Record Courier Staff Reports

A man charged with felony lewdness with a child is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21.

Shannon Bigrigg, 35, faces life in prison for engaging in sexual activity with a female under or at the age of 14. Bigrigg, a Minden man, cannot be given probation for the charge. Deputies arrested him May 24 on $100,000 bail after a report was filed with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

His sentencing was continued from Sept. 14.

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A man who was a passenger in a U-Haul truck stolen by a friend in July, and causing a day-long manhunt, received a suspended sentenced Sept. 15 in East Fork Justice Court for misdemeanor obstructing an officer.

Michael Mitchell, 20, of the Gardnerville Ranchos, was given a six-month sentence and 200 hours of community service, both suspended by the judge for one year.

Deputies arrested him July 13 on $25,500 bail after he jumped from the moving U-Haul as it headed up Highway 50 West in Douglas County. He said the driver pointed a gun at him, but no gun was in the U-Haul.

As part of his year-long probation, Mitchell must complete his high-school equivalency degree by August 2005, or he will be in violation of his probation. Mitchell will be put on $10,000 bail if he is arrested for any violation.

Mitchell was recently released from jail after serving a 90-day sentence imposed for violating his probation for a charge of battery constituting domestic violence for violations stemming from the U-Haul incident.

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A 22-year-old Gardnerville man has been sentenced to drug court so he can try to remove a felony charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance from his record.

Matthew Tholl was arrested Aug. 30 on $6,451 bail along with five others during a pot-smoking bust in the 600 block of Hornet Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

He was the only one of the six charged with a low-level felony crime. The others have been sentenced or will be sentenced for misdemeanor.

Tholl is thought to have obtained the marijuana.

James Matteson, 20, was given a six-month jail sentence for being a minor consuming, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol. Jayson Dunkelburg, 19, received a six-month sentence for possession o f drug paraphernalia.

Brian Boynton and David Opsteegh, both 19, will appear in East Fork Justice Court Sept. 22 on misdemeanor charges. Alan Barr, 19, will be sentenced Dec. 10 for misdemeanor, consuming, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol.

Tholl, who cannot make bail, will remain in jail until his first drug court hearing scheduled Sept. 20.