Sentence suspended for sex offender who failed to register |

Sentence suspended for sex offender who failed to register

Staff Reports
Jacob Foley

A 22-year-old Gardnerville man, with a juvenile record for sexual assault, received a suspended sentence Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender.

District Judge Tod Young sentenced Chase Warren to 36 months in prison, suspended, and ordered him to register, or face imposition of the felony sentence.

“You’ve had your mess up,” Young said.

He put Warren on five years probation.

“You need to take care of your life better than you have,” Young said. “As I look at your background, I understand you’ve had some difficulties, but quit putting rocks in your own road.”

Warren faced up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to the criminal complaint, Warren was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 on March 20, 2006, in Walworth County, Wis.

He committed the offense at age 14.

The case came to light when Warren was taken into custody in May accused of stealing food and drinks from Walmart in Douglas County.

Deputies ran a criminal check and discovered the Wisconsin conviction, and that Warren had not registered.

He reportedly moved to Douglas County in January to live with his family, said Warren’s attorney, Kris Brown.

Prosecutors said Warren had a history of not reporting or registering as a sex offender when he moved to a new address.

Brown said he failed to register when he was released from the juvenile detention facility because he didn’t know what to do.

“I understand what I did was a mistake,” Warren said. “I’m done being a criminal. I am done looking over my shoulder to see if a cop is there. I want to prove to my family that I can follow the rules.”

■ A Carson City woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine and agreed to testify truthfully against her codefendant in a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office.

In exchange for her guilty plea, Angela Dawn Cannon, 41, will not be charged with trafficking, a more serious offense.

She pleaded guilty Tuesday following her arrest July 26 with David Daniel Johnson, 51.

He is charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. He is in Douglas County Jail on $56,783 bail. Johnson’s next court appearance is Aug. 21.

According to reports, Johnson and Cannon were arrested at 6 p.m. July 26 as they were leaving a home on Leonard Road in Gardnerville.

A search of Johnson turned up numerous small plastic bags inside a larger bag with a zip closure. Several small crystals were located in the bottom of the larger bag indicative of methamphetamine.

Deputies also found $590 cash in Johnson’s pocket, a tin box with more bags containing resident consistent with methamphetamine and rolled smoking paper containing marijuana.

Deputies searched Cannon’s purse and found hypodermic needles, methamphetamine, cotton, plastic bags and other items.

Cannon’s attorney, Kris Brown, said her client had been an intravenous methamphetamine user and was requesting admission to Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

The state won’t oppose a diversion program if Cannon qualifies, and would recommend probation if her sentencing is not deferred.

She faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

District Judge Tod Young ordered Cannon held in Douglas County Jail until her first appearance at drug court on Monday. Young said he was reluctant to put an intravenous user back on the street.

“She needs some more sobriety time, or she is going to fail the program. Let the drug court judge decide when to release her,” Young said.

Young said he would recommend that Cannon complete in-patient treatment before she gets out of custody.