Man sent to prison to evade
A man sent to a defunct correctional facility training camp is now serving his time in prison.
Donald Earl Robertson, 22, led authorities in March in a high-speed pursuit north from Topsy Lane, at red lights and at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, and in a vehicle taken from the car park of St Mary’s Hospital Owner was at work.
Robertson was sentenced to 12 to 36 months in prison and received a 127-day credit. He is ordered to pay $4,386 in restitution.
• A man who hit an MP was given a suspended sentence of 12 to 30 months on Tuesday.
Benjamin Roland Blackowl was found in another’s vehicle in Gardnerville in February, fighting with deputies as they tried to get him out.
Blackowl and his attorney asked him to serve the terms of his parole while he served the prison sentence.
“I played,” Blackowl said. “I like to treat people the way I would like to be treated and I knew I was wrong. It was drugs and alcohol mixed in with things that were going on in my life and I know better now that normally I wouldn’t have done that.”
Blackowl said he would be more likely to serve parole while under prison supervision.
Blackowl will serve 364 days in the Douglas County Jail. He will be credited with 150 days.
• A man who stole $15,000 worth of silver bullion from a Douglas County family was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended sentence of 2 to 5 years in prison.
According to court documents, 41-year-old Mark Duncan stole 55 pounds of silver bullion from his parents’ home in November.
As a condition of his parole, he must be employed full-time and graduate from drug court.
“I agree that you need to go to jail, but since the victim is 77 years old, I don’t want her to wait that long for redress,” said Circuit Court Judge Tod Young.
Duncan will be credited for 86 days.
• A former Gardnerville resident with a long history of drug offenses admitted his drug problem on Tuesday and asked to remain in prison as a condition of his parole.
Joshua Labryant Edwards, 36, was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 12 to 48 months for possession of methamphetamine and heroin when he was arrested in March on two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
He has been dealing and using drugs since at least 2015, according to court documents.
Edwards asked the court not to let him out.
“I want help and I need help,” Edwards said. “I was afraid to get out. It was a big opportunity that I would have taken without saying I would have, but the opportunity was there.”
As a condition of his parole, Edwards will serve 60 days in the Douglas County Jail and attend drug court. He was credited with 85 days worked.
• A California woman arrested on a $100.00 warrant on a gun charge and found with four filled hypodermic syringes in a purse in May admitted Tuesday that she possessed a controlled substance and burglary tools.
Ruby Sue Haworth, 22, was arrested May 30 during a traffic stop on Highway 395 near Grant Avenue. According to court documents, the 2004 Volkswagen Passat she was driving had expired license plates and Haworth did not have a driver’s license or insurance. A background check resulted in a search warrant and a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of the loaded hypodermic syringes.
Haworth faces a sentence of 12 to 48 months in prison at the August conviction.
• A Sparks man Tuesday denied charges of urban mining that caused $22,000 in damage to buildings in Carson Valley Plaza in March.
Eirik Josephlee Arizmendi, 35, faces three counts of burglary and property destruction.
According to court documents, a maintenance worker discovered that the copper pipes had been removed from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at Famous Footwear on March 10. It was soon discovered that several other units in the Carson Valley Plaza had copper cut open. Ropes used to access the roof were found hanging from the building and there was also blood where the thief appeared to have injured himself. The blood was collected and tested, allegedly designating Arizmendi as a suspect.
A hearing date has been set for January 30, 2023.
Urban miners mine valuable metals and materials for their value. The precious metal is often obtained from electronic scrap such as electronic devices or ventilation devices. In an investigative report, authorities said that in many cases, theft is not discovered until someone tries to turn on their air conditioner or heater.