Man pleads guilty in stabbing of Carson resident

MINDEN - A 37-year-old Reno man pleaded guilty Tuesday to accessory to battery with the use of a deadly weapon, admitting he drove a suspect who stabbed a Carson City man in a dispute over a parking place at Harrah's Casino.

Richard Stewart admitted he drove Remengesau "Ray Ray" William Erungel, 24, from the scene but said he didn't know the stabbing had occurred until they left the area.

"I should have called the cops," he said.

Stewart said he and some friends, including Erungel, drove to Lake Tahoe on Oct. 11.

"We were in the parking lot and this guy blocked me from the parking space. I got a little upset," Stewart said. "Ray-Ray was striking the guy in the car. On the way back to Reno, I found out he had stabbed him."

Stewart is set for sentencing Jan. 29. He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Gamble released Stewart from Douglas County Jail on Tuesday on his own recognizance.

Erungel faces a maximum of 20 years in Nevada State Prison and $20,000 in fines after he pleaded guilty to two counts of battery with a deadly weapon. His sentencing is set for Jan. 15. He is being held on $100,000 cash bail.

Carson man gets five years' probation

A 29-year-old Carson City man who walked out of Wal-Mart without paying for nearly $1,000 worth of items was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation.

"You've got a rough road ahead of you," District Judge Dave Gamble told Edward Lee Perkins.

He sentenced Perkins to four years in Nevada State Prison, suspended, and placed him on probation.

Perkins must abstain from drugs and alcohol while on probation and pay $500 in attorney fees.

Gamble ordered Perkins to get current on $50,000 in back child support.

"Get an amount established and stay current," Gamble said.

"I know what I look like on paper, the man I haven't been," Perkins said. "I know I am going to have a hard time, but I am going to have help, too."

Lawyer Derrick Lopez said Perkins recognized how important his family was and that he couldn't continue to live the way he has been.

"He couldn't be forced to change. He said it had to be his decision. Now he's ready," Lopez said.

Gamble told Perkins that he believed the defendant was sincere.

Gamble said he would be the first in line to congratulate Perkins if he's successful.

"You can be a regular human instead of a buffoon who wheels a cartload of stuff out of Wal-Mart," Gamble said.


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