A Carson City man accused of stabbing another man at a New Year’s Eve party, resulting in a collapsed lung, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon in district court Tuesday morning.
Leo Reyes-Jacinto, 31, stabbed Adam Gaudette, 22, shortly before 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at a house on Rex Circle. Gaudette was taken by medical helicopter to Reno, Sheriff Ken Furlong told the Nevada Appeal at the time.
The person who called 911 stated she asked Gaudette to tell everyone it was time to leave because it was getting late. A short time later, the caller told deputies she heard yelling and screaming coming from the outside of her house and Gaudette stumbled through the back door, stating he had been stabbed, according to the arrest report.
Bail had been set at $30,000. Reyes-Jacinto’s defense attorney, Noel Waters, asked Judge James Wilson to lower it to $10,000, which he did. Waters referenced the change in charges lodged against him. He was originally charged with battery with a deadly weapon.
Deputy District Attorney Melanie Porter made the argument that what he did was a violent offense and that he was the only individual with a knife.
“While intoxicated, he stabs another person with a knife,” Porter told Wilson.
“I am truly sorry,” Reyes-Jacinto said to the judge.
Sentencing was set for 9 a.m. May 28.
EIGHTH FELONY NETS DEFENDANT UP TO 4-YEAR SENTENCE
Tracey Lock, 38, was sentenced to a year and a half to four years in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in district court Tuesday morning.
Lock was found with less than four grams of methamphetamine, Deputy District Attorney Travis Lucia said.
Because of Lock’s previous felony convictions and 13 misdemeanor convictions, and because he failed to appear for his pre-sentence investigation, there was “one inescapable conclusion: prison,” Lucia said.
Lock’s defense attorney, Kay Ellen Armstrong, said Lock is “sick of this life” and sought rehabilitation.
“It’s a drug problem that motivates him,” she told Judge James Wilson.
Lock himself said he was tired of prison.
“It’s always prison,” he told the judge. “I’ve never had a chance to do anything else. I don’t like this. I don’t like none of this. I want to change. My record don’t indicate that, I know that.”
Lock told the judge he had just finished an eight-year stint in prison.
“I need drug rehab, I need somethin’. I’m asking please.”
Wilson said Lock’s criminal history was too much.
“I just can’t get past it,” he said before sentencing him.
Lock’s co-defendant, who had more methamphetamine, received a lower sentence, Armstrong argued.
DIVERSION FOR BURGLARY CHARGE
Kelly Lynne Coker, 30, was given the chance Tuesday morning in district court to complete a diversion program and prevent having a felony on her record following a November 2012 incident. Coker pleaded guilty to burglary and unlawful possession of a credit card.
Judge James Wilson placed Coker, of Clements, Calif., on probation and postponed the sentencing. As a condition of probation, Coker must enter into a six-month intensive outpatient treatment program for drug addiction.
“I’m going to give you the benefit of the program,” Wilson said.
The victim, Mark Percin, of Truckee, Calif., told Wilson he did not appreciate that the Special Enforcement Team was called in to gain access to the hotel room Coker and her boyfriend at the time were staying in.
“For over an hour, our family cowered behind the door” as the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant and then entered the hotel room, he said.
“She had the chance to come out when the police knocked on the door,” Percin said. “This was a pretty traumatic experience for us.”
Coker found the keys to Percin’s car in the hallway. Percin and his family were staying in the hotel room directly across from Coker’s in November. Using the keys, she gained access to his car, property and credit card, according to the arrest report.