District Court News

  • 2022-05-16, 05:00 AM
  • Leanna Lehman
District Court News
​​​​​​​The Tenth Judicial District Court convened Tuesday, May 10, 2022, with Judge Thomas Stockard presiding.

Jonathon Wayne Brown, in custody, appeared for a status hearing with his retained attorney, Steve Evenson, Esq. The matter was continued to May 17. Brown has been in custody on charges of (1) Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a Category B Felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison (2) Battery That Constitutes Domestic Violence Committed by Strangulation, a Category C Felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison, (3) Kidnapping in the Second Degree a Category B Felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison, (4) False Imprisonment a Gross Misdemeanor punishable by 364 days in jail, (5) Coercion that Constitutes Domestic Violence a Category B Felony punishable by 1-6 years in prison. Counts one and three are continuation offenses that occurred on different days. Brown pled not guilty last August to all charges, after which Judge Stockard proposed a criminal settlement conference. A jury trial was scheduled to begin on March 2, 2022, but was continued. The outcome of the planned settlement conference has not been disclosed.

Billie Dale Keck, in custody, pled guilty to a charge of Using the Identifying Information of Another to Avoid Delaying Arrest or Prosecution, a Category C Felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison. According to Paul Yohey Esq., defense counsel for Keck, his client was stopped along the highway by law enforcement under the suspicion that the vehicle was stolen. At that time, Keck provided a false name to the arresting officers. Yohey verbally petitioned Judge Stockard to release Keck on his own recognizance, stating that Keck and his brother are long-standing community members. Also, his client has a lot to lose if he fails to comply with the requirements of a presentence release. Stockard informed Yohey that per the Nevada Supreme Court ruling, Valdez-Jimenez, bail requests made after the initial bail hearing must be made in writing; therefore, the request could not be granted. Yohey is free to make the motion in writing at another time. The court scheduled sentencing for August 2.

Larissa Eve Peterson appeared with her retained attorney, Steve Evenson, Esq., for sentencing on two DUI cases dating back to 2018, to which Peterson previously entered guilty pleas. According to Evenson, his client has had a very difficult and long-standing battle with alcohol, particularly for someone of her young age. Peterson completed the DUI program but soon fell under a friend’s influence and faltered, getting another DUI last January. Evenson argued for minimum sentences of 2-6 years to run concurrently as Nevada statute requires a prison sentence of 2-15 years. Peterson addressed the court, apologizing for her actions, stating that she never thought she would be in this position again when she completed DUI Court. “I did get a taste of what sobriety was like and learned what my life could be like with it. I wish I would have protected myself more vigilantly after the program because that is when the work really truly began. I destroyed what it took me three years to build in three months.” She apologized to family, friends, and the court, saying, “I can’t express how sorry I am.” Judge Stockard told Peterson, “These are some of the toughest cases I have to deal with because I have seen what you are capable of, both the good and bad. But I have to balance that against protecting our community. But I am very optimistic about your future.” For the 2018 charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or other Intoxicating Substance with a Prior Felony Conviction, a Category B Felony, Stockard sentenced Peterson to 28-120 months in prison. On the 2022 charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or other Intoxicating Substance with a Prior Felony Conviction, Stockard sentenced Peterson to 28-120 months; however, the terms will run concurrently. She was granted credit for 92 days of time served and was remanded back into the custody of the Sheriff’s office for the imposition of sentence and will be transferred to the Nevada Department of Corrections.


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Leanna Lehman



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