By Eunette Gentry
Former Nye County officer, Richard Deutch, has been relieved of his duties after being found guilty of “Domestic Battery” – connected to a reported fight with his “ex-girlfriend”. Deutch plans to “Appeal” that court decision. During Deutch’s “Bench Trial” (on 9/26): The “defense rest[ed; and,] after hearing closing arguments, the court found that The State had met its burden of proof on [two of the four] counts [Deutch was facing in that case], and found the defendant guilty as charged on Counts One and Four [– “Domestic Battery” and “Injury to Other Property less than $25. However,] the court found that The State did not find its burden of proof on Counts Two and Three [– both for reportedly “Disturbing the Peace”, on two separate dates –] and found the defendant not guilty of those counts. After hearing sentencing recommendations, the court imposed the following: [on] Count One – $340 [in] fine/fees; 2 days [in] jail, and converted the jail time to 48 hours of community service; an additional 48 hours of community service; 26 sessions of domestic violence counseling, and 90 days suspended jail. [And, on] Count Four – the court imposed $355 [in] fine/fees, and restitution, in an amount to be determined. The court inquired if defense counsel intends to appeal. [Then, Deutch’s ‘Retained] Attorney, [Melissa] Barry, answered in the affirmative. [So,] the court stayed fulfillment of sentencing requirements to allow time for the appeal process. [Finally,] the court set a Status/Restitution Hearing for December 19th”. Deutch also has a “Status Hearing” on that day in Justice Court for two other charges – “Injure or Tamper with Vehicle, Damage $250-$5,000” and “Injury to Other Property” – in a separate case, connected to that incident with his ex-girlfriend. Notably, since Deutch has now been convicted of “Domestic Battery”, under “Nevada and Federal” law, he can “not…carry a firearm” – which now prevents him from “fulfil[ling] his job” duties as an “officer”, and a member of the military.