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June 5, 2012
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Carson man enters guilty plea on burglary charges

A Carson City man pleaded guilty Monday to six felonies that could send him to prison for up to 34 years.

Paul Edward Timm, 38, of Carson City, is scheduled for sentencing on July 24 on two charges of burglary and the charges of attempting to obtain personal identifying information of another, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and possession of a credit card without the cardholder's consent.

Each charge carries a minimum of one year in prison, with the burglary charges carrying a maximum of 10 years. The grand larceny and possession of stolen property a maximum of five years and possession of a credit card a maximum of four years.

• Christopher Thomas McMahon, of Carson City, was bound over to district court on a felony charge of battery with substantial bodily harm.

On Monday, the alleged victim, Michael Harbel, testified that McMahon "sucker punched" him and caused him to need substantial surgery.

"They had to reconstruct the left side of my face, my eye socket, they had to put a new cheekbone in," Harbel testified, adding that he can't look straight at people without seeing double.

According to testimony, Harbel said he and McMahon got into a dispute after he asked another patron if Toad's Bar used to be a biker bar. McMahon then asked if Harbel knew any Hell's Angels and reportedly told Harbel that they murdered his mother, according to Harbel's testimony. Harbel testified that he used his cellphone to call a friend to tell McMahon that he did not have any association with Hell's Angels members, but McMahon punched him when he turned away, knocking him against a brick wall.

McMahon did not testify at his preliminary hearing Monday. His lawyer, Robert Ben Walker, questioned Harbel's sobriety - to which Harbel admitted he was legally drunk at the time of the alleged incident, according to testimony.

Neither the prosecuting attorney, Emily Reed, or Walker offered closing arguments.

If convicted, McMahon faces one to five years in prison.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Jun 5, 2012 02:58AM Published Jun 5, 2012 02:50AM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.