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Two men sentenced from recent Hornet Drive bust

by Maggie O'Neill

Two men arrested for smoking pot as part of a round-up at a garage on Hornet Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos have been sentenced on related charges.

James Matteson, 20, of Gardnerville, received a six-month jail sentence Wednesday for a minor consuming, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office dropped a felony charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance.

“You have to be high,” East Fork Justice Court Judge Jim EnEarl told him. “Here you have a bunch of people in the garage with the garage door open and marijuana smoke coming out of the garage.”

Neighbors reportedly complained about the youths hanging out in the garage. Investigators arrested them Aug. 30. Three others were released or cited at the scene.

Matteson’s attorney said all of his client’s criminal offenses are related to his addiction, and that none of the offenses have been crimes against others. Matteson will enter a 28-day drug treatment program as soon as space is available and re-appear before EnEarl upon completion. EnEarl said he would look at suspending the remainder of the sentence then.

Jayson Dunkelburg, 19, of Gardnerville, received a six-month suspended sentence Wednesday for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office dismissed a charge of felony use of a controlled substance.

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“Hopefully, this (experience) will straighten me out,” Dunkelburg said to EnEarl.

The judge told him to have a full-time job within three weeks and that probation officers would definitely be testing him for drug use. Dunkelburg said his mother pays for classes he is enrolled in at Western Nevada Community College.

“Your mother pays for your classes while you sit in jail for smoking dope?” EnEarl said. “This is how you say, ‘I love you mom'”?

Matthew Tholl, 22, of Gardnerville is scheduled to appear in district court Monday for a felony charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance.

Brian Boynton, 19, no known address, will appear Sept. 22 in East Fork Justice Court for charges of felony unlawful use of a controlled substance and misdemeanor minor consuming, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol. He has been released on his own recognizance. David Opsteegh, 19, of Gardnerville will also appear Sept. 22 on the same charges.

Alan Barr, 19, of Gardnerville, will be sentenced Dec. 10 for a misdemeanor charge of a minor consuming, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol. His probation was reinstated for a spring 2004 charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Investigators found the men sitting on a sofa drinking and smoking in the garage.

— Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’neill@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 214.