Walmart burglars admitted to drug court |

Walmart burglars admitted to drug court

by Sheila Gardner

Sentencing was deferred Tuesday pending successful completion of Western Regional Drug Court for a Carson City couple who admitted they stole to support their heroin addictions.

District Court Judge Dave Gamble ordered Kori Levins, 22, and Nicholas Chaparro, 25, to pay $539.64 in restitutuion for video games and other items they stole from Walmart on Sept. 9.

The defendants said they had been attending 12-step programs since their arrests. Chaparro is undergoing counseling, and Levins said she would begin as soon as she can afford to pay for it.

She told Gamble she could go back to work at an assisted living facility if she doesn’t have a felony on her record.

Levins and Chaparro each pleaded guilty to felony burglary. If they successfully complete drug court, they may have the charges dismissed.

The offense carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Both have tested negative for controlled substances since their arrests.

“I’m honestly scared of not being able to straighten out my life without drug court,” Chaparro said. “I’m scared of prison, but further down the road, I’m afraid I may get back into it. That’s why I would like drug court.”

Gamble stressed the importance of drug court.

“It’s a very difficult task,” he said. “You need to focus on your recovery. It’s the best tool we have. With heroin use, with the extent of your drug use, this is the place where you need to be to succeed in your recovery. If you don’t succeed, there is every likelihood I will send you to prison.”