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August 22, 2013
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Regan receives a 46-month sentence

A 31-year-old Fallon man appeared Tuesday in District Court after he did not appear for his July sentencing hearing.

Michael Regan was sentenced 18 to 46 months in prison on one count of attempted home invasion. Regan skipped his original sentencing date on July 16 and was arrested in Salem, Ore., on a warrant about two weeks later.

Regan apologized for missing court and that he did not know he was scheduled to appear. Judge Robert Estes, however, cut off Regan and said, “That is going to fall on deaf ears. I wouldn’t go there, not with your record.”

Regan pled guilty earlier this year after he was thwarted from entering the garage of a residence in 2012. The unlawful entry was thwarted by a woman, who grabbed a frying pan for protection. The woman also had two children in the home who were sleeping.

She locked the door and called police, who later found and arrested Regan. Regan, though, said he did not remember the incident due to a mixture of pyschatric drugs and alcohol.

Regan’s attorney, Jacob Sommer, said his client “in no way intended any harm” on the woman or her children.

Estes told Regan at “some point a normal person would recognize they have a problem. You picked the right house to walk out of there still breathing.”

In other court news —

McKenzie Dupree Singer of California was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison on one count of grand larceny of a motor vehicle.

Singer’s case stems from several stolen vehicles starting in California on Nov. 24, 2012. After boosting a car there, Singer sped across Interstate 80 in Churchill County and rolled the car.

A couple stopped to assist Singer, but he stole their car as well. According to District Attorney Art Mallory, the passenger, a woman, barely had time to exit the vehicle as Singer began to speed away.

He crashed that vehicle in Humboldt County and attempted to steal another vehicle before being arrested.

Singer’s attorney, Paul Drakulich, asked for a sentence of two to five years to run concurrent to Singer’s sentence from Humboldt County. Judge Tom Stockard, though, levied the maximum sentence to run consecutively.

James Vagts, 48, of Fernley pled not guilty to five felony counts after he and James Kolwyck were arrested July 15 by the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office.

Vagts is charged with conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, possession of a schedule I or II substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a controlled substance and unlawful use of a controlled substance.

According to the police report, authorities discovered 4.91 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, glass pipe and a small propane torch.

Kolwyck pled guilty on July 30 to one count of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance.

He faces one to four years in prison, a $5,000 fine but is eligible for probation.

Vagts, meanwhile, faces five to 23 years in prison and a $75,000 fine if convicted on all charges. A four-day trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10, 2013.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Nov 12, 2013 02:39PM Published Aug 22, 2013 06:11PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.