11th Judicial holds first hearings of year

The Pershing County 11th Judicial Court met last Tuesday. Judge Jim Shirley presided.

Joshua Jeremia Eggers asked for a discharge from probation. DA Bryce Shields asked the judge to set the matter for the next law and motion day, Feb. 7. Shields said he was not against granting the request, if warranted. However, he wants more information before making a decision.

In October 2020 the Shirley sentenced Eggers to two years of probation for involuntary manslaughter. He is one year into that sentence. The court continued the hearing until Feb. 7. 

In April 2021 the PCSO booked Katlego Pride Nyide, then 27, of Sacramento for disobedience to a police officer, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without a valid driver’s license, battery on a police officer and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Attorney Erick Farran participated by telephone in Nyide’s arraignment. Nyide was not present. He has not yet appeared before the district court. Farran requested a competency test for his client.

The judge issued a warrant. Law enforcement will pick Nyide up and take him to Lake’s Crossing Center, a secure psychiatric facility in Sparks for evaluation.

Monty Lee Burch, 49, came to court from prison. Attorney Kelli Gallimore represented the State of Nevada. Burch pleaded guilty to attempted voluntary sexual contact between a prisoner and another person. The E felony is punishable by one to four years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.

However, Gallimore and Steve Cochran agreed it was a mandatory probation case based on the defendant’s record. As part of the plea agreement, they asked the judge to run the sentence consecutively to Burch’s current prison term. There is no restitution.

“I’ve been through a trial before and it doesn’t end well,” said Burch before entering an Alford plea. The judge set the matter for sentencing on Mar. 21. He remanded Burch to the custody of the State of Nevada.

In Feb. 2021, the PCSO booked James Ernest Burrows, then 56, on allegations of domestic battery by strangulation. He denied the charges and the judge set the matter for trial, set to begin later this month.

In Nov. 2020 Vadim Marmer pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance – psilocybin mushrooms at Burning Man, 2019. He requested diversion, the chance to withdraw his guilty plea after completing the out-of-state drug court program. The judge reset the review hearing for Feb. 23

Damon Christopher Happy, 58, pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon, a B felony. He faces sentencing on Mar. 21. The defendant will be responsible for restitution to the victim in an amount still to be determined.

After hearing arguments from Bryce Shields and Steve Cochran, the judge lowered the bail to $20,000, cash only. If Happy makes bail, he is to abstain from alcohol and have no contact with the victim.