Man pleads in teen rapes

Brandon Hicks

Brandon Hicks

A Carson City man accused in the rapes of two teenage girls pleaded guilty in Carson City District Court on Tuesday.

Brandon Hicks, 18, was set to go to trial on charges of one count of kidnapping, two counts of battery with intent to commit sexual assault by choking and three counts of sexual assault.

Hicks pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault before Judge Jim Wilson.

According to police reports, on Oct. 17 Hicks allegedly drove an 18-year-old girl to an area by the Carson River claiming he was meeting a friend.

Once there, he allegedly choked and raped the girl, then drove her home, the victim testified in a preliminary hearing.

A second girl testified that on Nov. 26 Hicks choked and raped her at the home he shared with his father on Surrey Lane.

A month after the last victim came forward, Hicks was involved in an unrelated shooting when he dropped off his friend John Linville, 17, at Linville's estranged girlfriend's home on Walker Drive. There, using knives and a gun Linville took from Hicks' home, Linville stabbed the girl in the back and shot at the girl's father. Hicks, who was waiting in his car, fled the scene. Linville also fled, and surrendered to police at Hicks' home a few days later.

According to court documents, during the search for the shooter, police took Hicks' phone in an attempt to track down Linville.

Following Linville's arrest, Hicks demanded his phone back, according to the police report.

"If I don't get my phone back today, I am coming down there and you guys are going to have another Sunday to deal with and your little vests won't help you 'cause I aim for your head," the report states Hicks threatened, eluding to the Linville shooting.

Hicks pleaded guilty to intimidating a public officer and was given a suspended sentence of one year in jail and up to three years probation March 22.

Linville was sentenced to six to 16 years in prison in March.

Hicks faces 20 years to life in prison when sentenced July 19.

Also before Judge Jim Wilson on Tuesday:

• Ian Miles Lister, 33, was sentenced to 19-48 months in prison on a charge of felon in possession of firearm. Lister was found guilty by a jury on April 25.


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