Michael Louis Hamilton pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, a first or second offense, a category E Felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison. Hamilton was sentenced to probation not to exceed 18 months with completion of Western Regional Drug Court.
Carol Jeanette Allen pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Sale, a Category E Felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison. Allen was previously a Tribal Courts Advocate and able to understand proceedings easily. Charles Woodman Esq., counsel for Allen, stated that on October 9, 2020, his client did meet with a cooperating source to sell oxycodone. Sentencing is set for August 3; Judge Stockard ordered a presentencing investigation.
Monica Renee Belford was not present in court on the charges of a third DUI and driving suspended/revoked. A bench warrant was issued for $250,000 cash only. Churchill County Public Defender Jacob Sommer stated that he has been attempting to contact his client for the past four days without success. She was aware of her court date and had previously signed a guilty plea memorandum in preparation for the hearing. Brenda Ingram for court services stated that they have also had no further contact with Belford since May 3; an associate of Belford told court services that she left the area, although no one has verified that information at this time.
Ryan James Seilhymer pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance a First or Second Offense a Category B Felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison. CCPD Wright Noel, counsel for Seilhymer stated that his client was found in possession of heroin. Seilhymer is sentenced to probation on a suspended sentence not to exceed 18 months.
Evard Ray Hockemier was sentenced on a second DUI, a misdemeanor. Hockemier successfully completed the DUI court. Hockmier addressed the court, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to go through the DUI court. His life has forever changed from the experience. He is now the father he always wanted to be, and he could buy a new home for himself and his son. He has the support and a relationship with his mother. He is grateful for everything that the program did for him and his life, and he thanked the judge for everything the program allowed him. The completion of the DUI Court has satisfied the obligations for sentencing.
Amanda Nicole Edwards (in custody) pled guilty to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a First or Second Offense, a Category E Felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison. CCPD Wright Noel stated that Edwards was found in possession of methamphetamine. Edwards is attempting to enroll in New Frontier and complete an inpatient treatment program. Sentencing is set for August 10 to accommodate the completion of rehab. Edwards was alleged to violate probation by being in possession of a controlled substance; disposition is also set for August 10.
Benjamin Banuelos Jr (in custody) pled guilty to one charge of Battery on an Officer, Provider of Healthcare, School Employee, Taxi Driver, Transit Operator or Sports Official a Gross Misdemeanor with a potential penalty of 364 days in jail. CCPD Jacob Sommer stated that officers approached his client, and he grabbed the legs of a responding officer. Banuelos was sentenced to probation on a suspended sentence of 364 days in jail, and he is prohibited from entering the Maverick property.
Sara Michelle Jones (in custody) ADA Pricilla Baker stated that Jones had been hired to clean the victims’ home and while she was there, stole medication, checkbook, and bank cards. Baker asked that Jones not be granted probation, she has a long history with drug use and claimed that while in the victims’ home, she was so blacked out on medication that she did not know what was happening. Jones struggled to comply with court services. She missed eight tests, failed one, and passed two before being returned to custody. Jones was granted probation in a 2016 case and removed from probation for repeated violations. CCPD Wright Noel stated that she had continued struggles from substance abuse; she has been exposed to it as a child and is now struggling. She was able to maintain a short term of sobriety after rehab. Jones addressed the court, saying that she realizes she needs to be accountable for her actions. She is trying to address the causes of her addiction and treat the behaviors to be a good mother and responsible member of society. Jones was sentenced on count one to 19-48 months in prison, count two 19-48 months in prison. Count two will run consecutive to count one with 63 days credit for time served which will be suspended, and she was placed on probation for 24 months. Jones was ordered to enter and complete Western Regional Drug Court; she will remain in custody until she can appear in drug court and get transferred to Reno. She is to have no contact with the victims. If she is employed in any position of having access to other people’s money, she is required to expose the conviction.
Teasha Marie Arrich-Rupley (in custody) pled guilty to a probation violation of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Category E Felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison. CCPD Jacob Sommer stated that his client did possess a “Miro baggie.” Rupley is pregnant and due in June and is waiting for acceptance to The Crossroads program. If she is not accepted into the program, her case will be put back on the court calendar. Rupley was sentenced to probation on a suspended sentence of 12-32 months in prison. She is to remain in custody until acceptance into a treatment program.