Teen sentenced to probation for firearm theft
An 18-year-old Gardnerville resident was sentenced to probation Monday for a felony firearm violation, ending his chances of going to a regimental discipline camp designed to keep youthful offenders out of prison.
District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Dennis Darter to three years in Nevada State Prison, suspended, and placed him on probation for three years.
He must serve 30 days in Douglas County Jail, obtain his high school diploma equivalency and perform 50 hours of community service.
Darter was set to go to the Department of Corrections regimental discipline program after he pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny of a firearm in April, but he injured his ankle.
Gibbons waited several months for the injury to heal, and in the meantime, Darter was arrested for two probation violations.
Lopez said Monday the ankle was still swollen.
Darter was jailed last week after he tested positive for marijuana.
“The negotiations have somewhat changed,” said prosecutor Tom Gregory. “Given his age, we are still asking for probation.”
Darter admitted taking a .357-magnum rifle in a December break-in at a Topaz Ranch Estates garage. Also stolen were three swords and ammunition.
He was arrested with two juveniles.
Darter faced up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Darter’s lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said his client wanted to move away from people with whom he got in trouble.
“His plan is to relocate and not let people he hangs around with know where he is,” Lopez said. “A significant part of this is his trying to pleas other people. He stole a rifle for somebody else, and alcohol for a party.”
Darter said he was eager to move on.
“I’m done with everything. I don’t want to see the inside of this place again,” he said.
Darter is subject to random search and seizure for controlled substances, alcohol, weapons and stolen property.
He may not have contact with the co-offenders who were adjudicated in juvenile court.
“I hope you do all the things you just said,” Gibbons said. “You have to have willpower to say, ‘No. I can’t do that,’ or just walk away.”