District Court News

  • 2020-10-15, 12:08 PM
  • Leanna Lehman
District Court News

Daniel Lester Lee entered a guilty plea on a charge of driving under the influence last June while having a prior felony DUI conviction. The charge requires a mandatory prison sentence of 2-15 years with a fine of $2,000-$5,000. According to Assistant District Attorney, (ADA), Jeffery Weed, Lee’s blood alcohol level (BOL) was measured at .235. Lee also plead guilty to attempting to possess a firearm by an ex-felon, which carries 1-5 years in prison. Lee, a resident of Susanville, CA, will appear for sentencing on January 5th, 2021.


Shoshone Mandisa-Luna Campbell was scheduled to be arraigned on a single count of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell. According to the allegations, on July 23rd at 890 Williams Avenue, Campbell sold methamphetamines to a cooperating source for the state. Campbell has also been out of compliance with Court Services and was subsequently remanded to the custody of the Churchill County Jail and will reappear for arraignment next week and is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.


Tawnie June Miller, in the custody of the Churchill County Jail, appeared for arraignment on multiple fraud charges. Count one includes uttering a forged instrument (two fraudulent checks totaling $172.40) which can carry1-4 years in prison. Count two includes uttering a forged instrument (forged cash vouchers) totaling $339.12, also carrying 1-4 years. Count three includes obtaining and using the personal identifying information of another person to harm or impersonate them, or for other unlawful purposes. The allegations state that Miller used the personal information of two individuals to make payments on her credit card. One victim listed in the complaint is elderly thus enhancing the potential penalty that otherwise carries 3-20 years in prison. Miller entered guilty pleas on all counts and will appear for sentencing in January.


Richard Clark Madole Jr, currently in the custody of Churchill County Jail, entered a guilty plea for first offense grand larceny of a motor vehicle, which carries 1-10 years. Madole was originally charged with burglary, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, resist/obstruct/delay arrest, willful failure to yield/elude arrest, driving left of center, tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools, possession of controlled substance, and battery on a peace officer. According to arguments made by Chief Deputy District Attorney, Lane Mills during Madole’s appearance in Justice Court in August, Madole took a vehicle from his father, Richard Madole, Sr., which resulted in a police chase where he battered several police officers.


Madole was previously released on his own recognizance (O/R) out of Justice Court, but subsequently violated the terms of his release by driving to check in with Court Services while under the influence of alcohol. Judge Stockard granted Madole another O/R with strict terms of supervision including house arrest and the requirement that he wear an ankle monitor that tests blood alcohol levels. Stockard also recommended Madole seek residential substance abuse treatment before his sentencing date on January 5th.


Dana Patricia Benka appeared for sentencing on two charges to which she had previously entered guilty pleas. According to ADA Chelsea Sanford, Benka sold methamphetamines three times to a confidential source – and one time in the presence of her two-year-old daughter. Additionally, Benka was on probation while committing this crime. She was sentenced to the 12-32 months on each count which are to run concurrently.


Kevin Andrew Sneed, currently under the supervision of Parole and Probation, appeared to address allegations that he had violated the terms of his probation. Sneed admitted that he had consumed alcohol and entered casinos at least twice while on Drug Court. According to ADA Weed, Sneed also overdosed on heroin recently and was given treatment to save his life.


Sneed reported to the court that he had been mugged, beaten, and injected with heroin and was subsequently hospitalized due to his injuries for over eight days. Woodman, defense counsel for Sneed, recommended that they obtain the hospital records to corroborate his claims before proceeding, however, Sneed declined.


According to Woodman, the underlying charges include battery on an officer and the abuse or neglect of a child, in which Sneed punched a minor child. Judge Stockard revoked Sneed’s placement in the Drug Court diversion program. He will appear for sentencing on January 5th in which the court will either reinstate him on probation or require that he serve his underlying prison sentence.


Jeromy Keith Delvecchio appeared on two probation violations to which Delvecchio admitted. ADA Chelsea Sanford argued for the revocation of Delvecchio’s probation, in which the underlying charges carry prison terms of 19-48 and 24-60 months to be served consecutively. According to Sanford, Delvecchio has five felony convictions and has been to prison two times prior.


Jacob Sommer, defense for Delvecchio, argued for reinstatement based on his client’s current employment status, that fact that he turned himself in after his last drug use, and the overall meaningful progress that he’s made. Judge Stockard, while acknowledging the steps that Delvecchio has made, expressed concerns about his ability to comply fully, addressing the dilemma to remain employed while maintaining the stringent requirements of Drug Court and drug testing. Stockard did not reinstate Delvecchio’s probation but modified the original underlying sentences in which the terms will be served concurrently rather than consecutively.



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