Gregory agreement in jeopardy, more charges

Jacob Don Gregory

Jacob Don Gregory

A Fallon man accused of a string of burglaries in February appeared Tuesday in District Court for a sentencing hearing.

Jacob Gregory, 21, had his hearing continued two weeks, but faces additional charges stemming from an unrelated case in July.

He appeared Monday in Justice Court on one count of burglary with possession of a firearm and one count of grand larceny of a firearm.

According to court records, Gregory entered the home of Donna Presgraves on July 11 and stole a Ruger 9mm pistol at her residence on Amy Lane.

Gregory ran afoul in February when he and four other suspects were arrested in connection of at least 46 burglaries throughout the city.

Gregory has since pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen property, a felony.

On Tuesday, Gregory’s attorney Dave Neidert said he may be able to consolidate the two cases, although Churchill County Deputy District Attorney Michael Winn said the previous plea agreement centered on Gregory not committing additional crimes while awaiting sentencing.

In addition, the plea agreement stipulated the state would not be opposed to probation, but Winn said it is now unlikely the state will follow the recommendation of the pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report from Parole and Probation.

“The state can’t recommend probation,” Winn added.

Gregory appeared in District Court on Oct. 7 for his first sentencing hearing, but that was continued because Gregory had not met with Parole and Probation for the PSI interview.

In addition, Gregory had only met twice with Neidert, while Neidert was unable to direct his client to the interview. Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Tom Stockard told both Gregory and Neidert he “expects more” from them.

Gregory was arrested recently on two warrants and is currently being held in the Churchill County Jail on $15,750 bond.

The stolen property charge carries a sentence of one to five years in prison, and two to 15 years and one to 10 years, for the burglary and grand larceny charges, respectively.

In other court news —

A Fallon was removed from District Court on Tuesday after an outburst during his review hearing.

Allan Dale Engleman was in court to review his status concerning a competency evaluation. He had not visited Lakes Crossing Center since being ordered to do so and was remanded to custody to undergo the evaluation.

Once Stockard ordered Engleman to custody, Engelman erupted and shouted at Stockard saying he was being held against his will, Stockard’s actions were illegal, unconstitutional and the judge was presiding over an illegal court.

Engleman appeared in court on one count of assault with a deadly weapon.


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