Nye County Court Reports Archives for 2018-06

6/26/2018 - Court Report

By Eunette Gentry

 

Heather Longberry and Terry Allen were arrested (on 6/15/18) after an extensive investigation into the death of Longberry’s 17 year-old daughter.  Longberry and Allen are a couple; and, both admitted to previous drug use, during the police investigation into the unidentified minor female’s death on April 2, 2018.  While at home, it was discovered that the young girl was “not breathing” anymore; so, she was transported to Desert View Hospital – where she “was pronounced deceased”.  Police say when questioned by detectives, both the child’s mother – Heather Longberry – and Longberry’s boyfriend – Terry Allen – blamed each other for the child’s death.  Investigators say, “Allen and Longberry were both accusing each other of giving the 17 year-old minor female methamphetamine, prior to her becoming unresponsive.”  However, Allen told police that he recorded Longberry “on a cell phone”, “admitting to giving the [girl] narcotics”.  Police also say “Allen sent” “a text message” to someone referring to the girl’s death.  Among the many different, often conflicting, accusations being waged back and forth between the suspects, police say:  “Longberry stated that Allen asked her to ask [her underage daughter] to have a ‘three some’”.  “A records check…on Allen…revealed that he [is] a sex offender on life time supervision”.  Additionally, Allen told police that Longberry and her 17 year-old daughter “got high earlier in the day prior to the [girl’s] death.”  Police say “Longberry stated that she was present when Allen provided the…minor…with drugs’”.  Autopsy results reveal that the girl’s body had “a large amount of meth” in her “gastric fluid”; and, that the girl’s “cause of death was methamphetamine intoxication”.  Police say “Longberry tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, benzos, and cocaine”; and, “Allen tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, benzos, and THC.”  Police say during their investigation, they found the residence – where the couple, the deceased victim, and her three young siblings lived – in squalor:  “with a pungent odor of urine and feces…several mice inside the residence…mice feces…a puddle of urine on the kitchen counter…[and] garbage all over the residence”.  Longberry also “stated that she did not have hot water”.  Due to her daughter’s death, drug allegations, and the condition of the home, Longberry is charged with:  “Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, 1st Offense; Offer, Attempt, or Commission of Unauthorized Act(s) Relating to Controlled Substance, First Offense; [four counts of] Unlawfully allowing [a] Child to be Present during Commission of certain situations which involve Controlled Substances; [two counts of] Unlawful use of a Controlled Substance; [and, four counts of] Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment of a Child”.  That’s a total of 14 separate charges for Longberry.  Likewise, Allen is facing the following 10 separate charges:  “Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, 1st Offense; Offer, Attempt, or Commission of Unauthorized Act(s) Relating to Controlled Substance, First Offense; [four counts of] Unlawfully allowing [a] Child to be Present during Commission of certain situations which involve Controlled Substances; [three counts of] Unlawful use of a Controlled Substance; [and,] Prohibited Acts of [a] Convicted Sex Offender”.  Both defendants remain “in custody”, with “no bail” – until their Pre-Trial Hearing, which is scheduled on July 5, 2018.

 


Pahrump 411 Court Report (6/19/2018)

By Eunette Gentry


 

 

 

Brian Patrick Hern makes an appearance in District Court on Friday, June15th, for Sentencing; and, to answer to the new charges he’s facing connected to his previous formal charges of “Lewdness with a child under 14”, and a laundry-list of other related charges connected to reportedly assaulting two female minors.  The new Criminal Complaint against Brian Hern was filed on May 11, 2018.  Notably, that now makes three active cases in District Court for Brian – this new one in which he’s charged with “Prevent[ing]/Dissuad[ing a] Victim”; a second case in which Hern is facing:  11 counts of “Lewdness with a child under 14”; five counts of “Sexual Assault [with a] child under 14”; two counts of “First-degree Kidnapping of [a] Minor”; and one count of “First-degree Kidnapping”.  Hern pleaded NOLO Contendere (No Contest) to those charges on April 23, 2018.  Also notably, Hern was Sentenced early last year, on June 23, 2017 – for a separate case charge – to “19/48 months in prison with 254 days credit for time served”, after being charged with “Attempt to Obtain Money under False Pretense”.  During his “Arraignment Hearing” held on June15th, connected to the charge of “Prevent[ing]/Dissuad[ing a] Victim”:  Hern was “present in custody”.  A Guilty Plea Agreement was submitted to the court and the court accepts said plea.  Then, the court set Sentencing for July 20th.  Additionally, regarding Hern’s previous 19 separate charges connected to Child Abuse:  the court outlined the terms stated in Hern’s NOLO Plea Agreement.  Notably, the defendant now has the previously mentioned new charge; so, The State got the right to argue.  Then the victims / witnesses – who are minor children, addressed the court – to “testify as to how this has affected [their] life”.  Finally, the court sentenced Hern on Count One to 48-120 months; and, on Count Two the defendant was sentenced to 19-48 months.  Those sentences are to run consecutively.  Hern also received 265 days credit for time served.  Hern’s wife, and now Co-Defendant – Crystal Hern’s – case is also now Bound-Over to District Court, after she agreed to a Guilty Plea.  Police say Crystal Hern “admitted that she told both minor females to lie” about the sexual allegation not being true, as a way to “comfort them.”  The court ordered Crystal to appear in District Court on June 29th.

 

 

 

 


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