Man gets probation for stolen property charge |

Man gets probation for stolen property charge

by Sheila Gardner

A 46-year-old Topaz Ranch Estates man was sentenced Monday to four years in Nevada State Prison, suspended, and ordered to serve 60 days in Douglas County Jail as part of probation.

James DeLima pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property for his part in a series of burglaries in Topaz Ranch Estates in December and January.

He admitted purchasing a stolen woodcutter for $250 even though it was valued at more than $1,000.

“I take 100 percent responsibility for acts I did,” DeLima said. “I am a changed person. I would like a chance at probation, I can pass it with flying colors.”

He apologized to the victim who did not attend Monday’s sentencing.

District Judge Michael Gibbons said he could not overlook DeLima’s extensive criminal record that includes four prior felony convictions and two prison terms.

Acknowledging the defendant’s last felony conviction was 15 years ago, Gibbons said there was a chance DeLima was not a career criminal. Gibbons also noted numerous letters of support from family and friends.

Gibbons ordered DeLima to complete a rehabilitation program in Utah and pay court fees and $792 restitution within one year.

He is eligible to earn good-time credits while in Douglas County Jail.

“The court can’t overlook your prior record,” Gibbons said. “You have to stay away from drugs and alcohol. You could be trying to mislead the court; your friends could be deluded. You absolutely have to stay away from drugs and alcohol.”