Homer scolded in court for letter

Judge Tom Stockard

Judge Tom Stockard

A severe warning was issued last week in District Court for a Fallon woman facing a felony charge for using a fake name to avoid prosecution.

A 13-page letter was taped to the windshield of Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Tom Stockard’s vehicle asking him to alter the terms of house arrest for Tami Homer, according to the court transcript.

Homer is currently on house arrest and is only allowed to leave the residence to submit to alcohol testing with Court Services and attend church on Sundays.

The letter, according to her attorney Jacob Sommer, requested she be allowed to search for a job while on house arrest.

Stockard, though, said he did not read the letter, although Homer’s attorney had knowledge of the contents but not the actions leading up to the placement.

In court, Stockard strongly told Homer never again have her or anyone else invade his personal space, especially his home, to request altering terms of their release.

Stockard disclosed the incident and said his two most pressing concerns were the communication of a defendant to a judge outside court and the aforementioned invasion of space.

Sommer, meanwhile, said he spoke with Homer at length about her actions and those of her mother, Lani Peel, and daughter, who delivered the letter on Homer’s behalf.

Ironically, Homer pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful obtaining of personal identification information of another to avoid prosecution in June. According to the criminal complaint, Homer used Peel’s name.

Sommer said he was “very clear” during his and Homer’s discussion and the “gravity” of her inappropriate action.

“I told her under no circumstances is she allowed to do those things,” he said.

Sommer, though, said his client felt pressure to get something done about her ability to find work. Homer also pleaded guilty to one gross misdemeanor charge of assault on an officer. According to court documents, on May 28 Homer was pulled over by an officer of the North Central Narcotics Task Force.

The officer informed Homer she was under arrest, and the officer attempted to retrieve the keys out of the ignition.

Homer, according to the criminal complaint, drove off with the officer hanging out of the window as she reached speeds in excess of 25 mph.

She will be sentenced Sept. 15 and faces one to five years in prison for the felony and up to 364 days in jail for the gross misdemeanor.


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