Lew Dutchy, one of the key defendants in the 1998 beating death of Sammy Resendiz, is scheduled for a parole hearing sometime in September.
Dutchy, 31, and nine other American Indian youths labeled as gang members by Carson City police were charged with breaking into a room at the Roundhouse Motel on North Carson Street, looking for revenge on a group of Eastside Tokers for their treatment of Jessica Evans.
They were convicted of beating Resendiz, 25, to death with pipes, bats and clubs. His friend, Carlos Lainez, was seriously injured in the Aug. 23, 1998, attack.
After Rocky Boice Jr., the first of the group to face trial, was convicted of second- degree murder, battery and using a deadly weapon, the remaining defendants pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
A check of state Department of Corrections records shows Dutchy, Boice and Evans are the only three of the group still incarcerated. Dutchy is being held at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City. Boice is at Nevada State Prison in Carson City. Evans is at Silver Springs Conservation Camp.
Boice and Dutchy were identified by witnesses during Boice's trial as two who led the attack and beat the victims. Witnesses said Evans, 27, prompted the attack, alleging she had been maltreated by Toker gang members who were using the motel room for a party.
Boice was sentenced to a possible maximum 50 years in prison and won't be eligible for his first parole hearing until 2012.
Dutchy and Evans both received five-year sentences for their part in the beating. Evans has already been denied early release from prison.
The September hearing for Dutchy is listed as a "mandatory parole review," which normally occurs four months before the inmate is first eligible for release. But if he is denied, he will complete his sentence in August 2006.
n Contact reporter Geoff Dornan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 687-8750.
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