By Eunette Gentry
Shawn McNally – the local man arrested May 8, 2018, and charged with “Exploitation of an Older Person” and “Unlawful use of a Controlled Substance” – has his Pre-Trial Hearing in Justice Court “Continued” to October 10, 2018. McNally’s original Pre-Trial date was July 25th; and, it was scheduled during the defendant’s Formal Arraignment, back on May 15th. The Order to Continue was signed and filed on July 13, 2018, “due to the unavailability of a judge”. Another significant McNally case change also occurred on July 13th: “pursuant to the new Nye County Public Defender contract, attorney Brent Percival has replaced attorney Harry Gensler as counsel for the defendant.” McNally is suspected of taking financial advantage of an elderly male – who says McNally “would harass, intimidate, threaten, bully and manipulate [him] into giving him [more than] $100,000”. McNally “had [even] been driving” the victim’s [car]. The victim told police that when he “attempted to turn [McNally] down [after requesting money, he] ‘blew up’ and threatened [that] he would (sue) [and] take [the victim’s] car, his house and everything he owned”. The victim also says McNally “instructed him to open [a] joint [bank] account, to ‘show’ they had a ‘relationship’ with each other. Officers say when they questioned him, McNally admitted that he has a “$100 a-day heroin addiction…and that he mixes it with meth and marijuana…to function”. McNally currently has an “active” “$15,000 bond”.