Man sent to prison for August assault

A Minden man was sent to prison Monday for stalking and assaulting a Carson City couple in August.

Rodney James Carasella, 48, was sentenced to 14 to 60 months in prison by District Judge Todd Russell on a charge of felony battery.

According to court records, Carson City Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Center Drive after someone broke the owner's mailbox and window on Aug. 12. The homeowners said that Carasella, whom they knew through riding horses and had been asking to rent living quarters adjacent to the couple's home, had been by the house several times that day and took three shoes from the deck of the residence and threw a rock through a window.

The report states an hour later, deputies were called back because of a fight. Carasella allegedly repeatedly assaulted the male homeowner, causing severe swelling and bruising to the man's face and chest. Officer's discovered the phone lines to the home had also been cut.

In addition to the prison sentence, Carasella was ordered to pay $629 in restitution.

Also sentenced in Carson City District Court on Monday was Geoffrey Stover, a 45-year-old Carson City, man charged with embezzling from his employer.

Stover received five years' probation with a suspended prison sentence of 12 to 30 months in prison.


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