Owner of burned vehicle may be deported
A man whose relative set fire to his car in an attempt to defraud the insurance company was sentenced to time served on Tuesday.
Hilario Vera-Sanchez, 43, is on an immigration hold and will likely be deported back to Mexico as a result of the conviction.
Vera-Sanchez’s 2000 Escalade was found burning on Kingston Lane near the intersection with Rubio Way in the Gardnerville Ranchos on Oct. 26, 2013.
At about the same time, Vera-Sanchez reported the vehicle stolen from the parking lot of a Gardnerville grocery store.
Defense attorney Derrick Lopez told Judge Tod Young that the vehicle was broken and that Vera-Sanchez didn’t have the money to fix it.
The fire attracted a lot of attention when it occurred, with witnesses reporting several explosions.
He was arrested on Jan. 14 after investigators reviewed security footage that showed him getting out of a dark blue pickup, but not the Escalade.
Vera-Sanchez has been in custody for four months. He was fined $1,000, which Young converted to jail time.
Young said Vera-Sanchez’s brother-in-law, who set the vehicle on fire, was severely burned in the incident.
Lopez pointed out that Vera-Sanchez received no money from the insurance.
■ A woman received a suspended 12-36-month prison sentence on Tuesday for taking a motor vehicle last year.
Andrea Whitmore, 38, admitted she took a set of vehicle keys from an Indian Hills home on May 17, 2013.
According to her attorney, Derrick Lopez, Whitmore was sent to prison on a felony count shortly after the incident and hasn’t been out of custody until she came back to Douglas County on the warrant.
Her parole ends on her other charges in September. District Judge Tod Young placed her on five years probation, saying the crime aligned more with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle than felony auto theft.
“Heroin is not done with you,” Young said. “It will never be done with you.”
■ A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the arm was allowed to talk to him again after he asked District Judge Tod Young to lift a protective order.
Gwyn Douglas, 38, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday morning with her attorney Kris Brown.
Douglas was arrested on March 15 after she told deputies she stabbed her 43-year-old boyfriend in the arm. The man had two deep cuts to his left arm when deputies arrived at their Pinewood Drive home.
He told Young he was not in fear for his life, and wasn’t when the incident occurred. They’d lived together since Nov. 4, 2013. He referred to Douglas in court as his caretaker.
Douglas is being supervised by the Department of Alternative Sentencing and isn’t allowed to use drugs or alcohol.