Theft and drugs leads to prison terms
December 6, 2016
Two men who fled the Gardnerville Walmart with a big screen television will go to prison for that theft and possession of 6.8 grams of heroin.
Reno residents Ralph Ruiz, 30, and Joe Hoover, 31, both received concurrent 12-34-month prison sentences on Monday on charges of grand larceny and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
Prosecutors and the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation were recommending suspended sentences and drug court for the men.
"The suspects had 6.8 grams of heroin," Prosecutor Tina Russom said. "That's lots of heroin."
In looking at Ruiz' record, District Judge Tom Gregory said he was unlikely to succeed on probation.
"It makes sense that he go to prison," Gregory said.
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Gregory listed Hoover's violations after his May 12 arrest in determining that he would also go to prison.
Concurrent sentences are served simultaneously.
Hoover and Ruiz were arrested on May 12 after deputies responding to a burglary at the Grant Walmart spotted a white pickup with a big TV in the back driving through Minden.
Along with the television, deputies found heroin and 1.2 grams of methamphetamine.
■ A former Douglas High School student who admitted his part in breaking another teenager's jaw will have to spend 45 weekends in jail as a condition of his probation.
Arturo Reyes Vivas, 18, received a suspended 19-48-month prison sentence and was placed on probation for five years. As a condition of his probation, Vivas must pay $8,000 restitution for the victim's medical bills.
According to court documents, the victim was walking in James Lee Park in Indian Hills when he was approached by Vivas, who accused him of reporting a marijuana transaction to authorities.
Several other people came out and started beating the 17-year-old victim, fracturing his jaw.
His mother testified the victim had to have his jaw wired shut. She said she had to place him at another school because he no longer felt safe at Douglas High School. The restitution covers the costs of the victims' medical treatment.
District Judge Tom Gregory said that he didn't feel probation was sufficient punishment in the case, so ordered Vivas to jail on his days off from work.
■ A man who said he cashed bad checks to support his drug habit received probation on Monday.
Ray Edward Brashears, 32, was sentenced to a suspended 12-32-month prison term for felony check fraud.
As part of his probation he will have to pay $3,467 in restitution.
He is also facing a case in Carson City.
Attorney Matthew Ence said Brashears received a work injury that led him down the path of addiction, which led him to write bad checks to pay for his habit.
"I didn't know how quickly drugs can take over your life," Brashears said.
His sentence was suspended for five years. He will have to pay $200 a month restitution.
■ A $5,000 statewide warrant was issued for the arrest of a man who fell behind on his child support payments.
Joel D. Hohenstein, 29, agreed in September 2015 to pay $415.60 a month.
Prosecutors said they sought a hearing after he failed to make payments earlier this month.
Hohenstein faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine should the court determine he's in violation of his agreement.
He still owes more than $11,000 on his child support.