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The following cases were heard in the Tenth Judicial District Court.

A former candidate for the Churchill County School Board in 2008 was sentenced to prison for burglary, a Category B felony.

Carrie Ann Werfelman, aka Carrie Ann Peavy, was sentenced 28-72 months in the Nevada State Prison. She must also pay $1,309.05 in restitution.

Judge Tom Stockard said Peavy was able to comprehend the proceedings and had a tendency to recall only what she wanted to recall. Stockard also said he finds probation would be inappropriate.

The sentencing had been delayed several times because of Peavy’s health. She claimed she was taken twice to a medical facility because she had several strokes. Deputy District Attorney Brandon Gardner told the court she did not have strokes, and her excuse was to delay responsibilities for her actions.

Public defender David K. Neidert was adamant in saying Peavy has memory loss, yet a pre-sentence investigation report does not confirm her specific medical issues.

Peavy, though, gave a background of her life from living in a foster home to her adult relationships. She gave a brief synopsis of being arrested on drug charges when she was younger.

“We need to protect the community from her,” Gardner said before Stockard’s sentencing.

Neidert, though, said his client has had a troubled life. He requested Peavy be given probation to allow her to tend to her mental health condition.

“I do need help, and I want help,” she said, adding she wants another opportunity to get help and prove herself. “I am a good person. I deserve a chance.”

Stockard, though, said Peavy could receive help but in custody.

“Seek resources in prison and take advantage of it, he said.

Other court actions:

Jordan Lee Fitch was re-arraigned on one count of unlawful use or being under the influence of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a category F felony.

The proceedings were postponed one week because Fitch said a drug test would come back dirty.

Stockard suspended the proceedings to allow Fitch to attend the Western Regional Drug Court. He was also placed on three years probation and released on his own recognizance.

Joshua Keelyn Gravley pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully obtaining and using a personal identifying information of another to avoid or delay prosecution, a Category C felony. He used another person’s driver’s license to avoid or delay being arrested, charged or to otherwise prosecuted for an unlawful act.

He faces one to five years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Sentencing will be in May.

Jeremy Shawn Dixon pleaded guilty to one count of nonsupport of spouse, former spouse or child, a Category C felony. He is in arrears on child support payments totaling $21,916.49

Under the plea memorandum, Dixon must make payments every month. The case will be reviewed in May 2017.

Justin James Crowell pleaded guilty to one count of aiming a firearm into a crowd during a parade at Sand Mountain on Oct. 31, 2015. The offense is a gross misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to 200 days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on probation for three years. His attorney said the incident was alcohol related, and Crowell checked himself into counseling.

Zachary Ryan White pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraudulent acts concerning gaming, a gross misdemeanor.

On July 7, 2015, White did conspire with another to take a cashout voucher worth $308.74 from a gaming machine with the intent to defraud and without having made a wager contingent on the gambling game.

His one-year jail sentence was suspended, and he was placed on three years probation and must attend the Western Regional Drug Court. He must also pay $308.74 in restitution.

Marvin Duane Phoenix pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance, a Category E felony. On Jan. 15, 2016, he possessed a Schedule I controlled substance, methamphetamine.

He faces one to four years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000. Sentencing will be in May.