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Woman accepted for diversion program

Staff reports

A 43-year-old woman who admitted kicking a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy as he booked her into jail on a drunk driving charge, was granted deferred sentencing Monday if she successfully completes treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.

District Judge Michael Gibbons told Tara Goff that she must successfully complete the programs and violate no laws.

He ordered her to attend at least three 12-step meetings a week with a sponsor, and abstain from alcohol and controlled substance. She must take all prescribed medications as directed by her physician, and is subject to random search and seizure and testing.



Goff admitted she was intoxicated which might have affected her memory of what happened. Her attorney, Derrick Lopez, said the incident was videotaped by the sheriff’s office.

The criminal complaint alleges that she used force or violence in an attempt to prevent the deputy from doing what he had a right to do which was book her.



Reports indicate her preliminary breath test was .220, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 for driving in Nevada.

She pleaded guilty to felony coercion.

“You have a felony charge here on top of a DUI, which was bad enough,” Gibbons said. “You don’t remember what happened. The court assumes you did it, you pleaded guilty.”

Gibbons said Goff had to remain clean and sober, or she faced loss of custody of her children.

■ Trial is Dec. 10 for a 45-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded not guilty Monday to invasion of the home and aggravated stalking in a February 2012 incident in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

James M. Seyfferle, who lived in the Ranchos at the time of the alleged crime, told District Judge Michael Gibbons that he earned $4,800 a month as a flight attendant, but could not afford to hire his own lawyer.

Gibbons appointed Derrick Lopez to represent the defendant, but said he may be ordered to reimburse the county.

Lopez asked for a delayed trial start, acknowledging the incident is alleged to have occurred more than a year ago, but said he recently got the case after Seyfferle had two other lawyers.

He is accused of breaking a window at the alleged victim’s home and reaching into the residence.

On another occasion, the victim claimed Seyfferle went to the residence struck the door and yelled at him to come out. The victim alleged that Seyfferle threatened to kill him or bury him.

Seyfferle is out on bail. Gibbons ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim.