Burglary suspects pleads guilty to meth drug charge

A Fallon woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court to drug charges in connection with a recently busted burglary ring.

Kinsey McCarter entered the plea to one count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

McCarter, along with Kyle Drayton, were arrested Feb. 19 on South Taylor Street after authorities nabbed five other suspects in connection with the burglaries.

According to the police report, McCarter and Drayton were found with felt-sole boots, cutting tools, a flashlight with a red lens and camouflage backpack and gloves. The report also stated Drayton could not explain where the pair had been or was going after they were pulled over by deputies.

McCarter, meanwhile, denied ownership of the tools and items found in the vehicle.

During her hearing, McCarter said she will apply for the Western Nevada Regional Drug Court program. In addition, she was released but must check-in with Court Services for daily drug testing.

If McCarter fails drug court, she will return to District Court for sentencing where she could serve one to four years in prison.

Drayton, meanwhile, faces one count of possession of a controlled substance and has waived to District Court.

The other suspects’ cases, meanwhile, are still pending.

Jacob Gregory’s hearing on Thursday in Justice Court was continued until next Thursday. Robert Blake Hesselgesser is scheduled to appear in Justice Court on March 27 for a status hearing.

Sara Jones is slated for a pretrial hearing in municipal court for one count of a convicted person failure to register and providing false information to an officer. She has pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Jennifer Milks, meanwhile, faces two misdemeanor charges including interference with a city officer and possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana. Her arraignment is slated for March 25.

In other court news —

Juan Leyva received a suspended sentence for felony attempt to stop upon the signal of an officer while driving under the influence.

He was sentenced up to five years probabtion and must pay a $5,000 fine. If Leyva fails to comply, it is likely he may serve the one- to three-year sentence.

The charge is a wobbler, which means Leyva could have been convicted of a gross misdemeanor or felony. Judge Tom Stockard, though, opted for a felony conviction based on arguments from Churchill County Chief Deputy Lane Mills.

Mills explained how Leyva, who has eight misdemeanor and one gross misdemeanor conviction on his record, led authorities on a high-speed chase from Fallon to Mineral County.


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