Man who robbed own mother dies serving sentence |

Man who robbed own mother dies serving sentence

Staff Reports
Gregory Kovner
Nevada Department of Corrections |

A man who tied up his 82-year-old mother two days after Christmas in order to steal from her wallet died on Saturday serving the prison term he received in Douglas County District Court.

Gregory Kovner, 64, was sentenced on April 5, 2010, to 4-14 years in prison for burglary with an enhancement due to the victim’s age.

Kovner admitted that on Dec. 27, 2009, he tied the woman to a chair and threatened to snap her neck. She got free and ran to a neighbor’s house where she called 911.

Kovner’s brother testified that the family had tried to get help for him for his alcohol and drug dependency for 40 years. Kovner was 59 when he was sentenced to prison by District Judge Michael Gibbons.

“This was a despicable act,” Gibbons said. “You tied up your mother, threatened to kill her. You’ve tried treatment a variety of times, but it hasn’t stuck with you. The chance of you changing is not very good. You won’t stay off alcohol.”

Kovner died at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno.

The Washoe County Coroner’s Office responded and an autopsy is being scheduled.