Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo has been billed with felony domestic battery, in accordance to studies from the Esmeralda County District Attorney’s Business office.
It will come next allegations that Blundo choked his wife at their Pahrump residence in March right after he discovered far more than $77,000 in money and a gun was lacking from there.
Blundo will not be taken into custody. Alternatively, he has been summonsed to surface in Pahrump Justice Court on Aug. 29.
A judge from Lake Tahoe will preside in excess of the hearings. If convicted, Blundo faces 1 to 5 yrs in prison, or doable probation.
Blundo did not answer to requests for comment on Monday.
Esmeralda District Legal professional Robert Glennen has been appointed as a distinctive prosecutor more than the scenario right after the Nye County District Attorney’s and the Nevada Attorney’s Typical workplaces equally declined to look into the circumstance, citing a conflict of fascination.
“If you are the district lawyer, you represent the board of county commissioners, so in outcome, you would be symbolizing and prosecuting the exact same individuals,” Glennen mentioned. “There is a course of action where by if a district legal professional has a conflict of interest, they can talk to the attorney’s normal workplace to aid. The situation experienced a conflict and [Nye County District Attorney] Chris Arabia incredibly politely assigned one particular of his folks to assist me with that conflict.”
In June, Commissioner Blundo shed his Republican key bid for re-election to challenger Ron Boskovich, amid allegations that Blundo experienced abused his wife. Recordings of deputy interviews with Blundo’s spouse were being leaked to the public in which she claimed the commissioner experienced secretly recorded her naked without the need of her consent. Blundo’s spouse informed deputies the commissioner had also posted pics of her to on the web courting sites to catch the attention of sexual associates. In a further 911 get in touch with, she told dispatchers that her husband had possessed approximately 84 grams of cocaine.
Critics questioned how Blundo was equipped to stay clear of arrest adhering to the accusations.
“There had been some persons who ended up expressing that I was making an attempt to cover it up all through the election, but that is not the circumstance, and that variety just stuck in my craw,” Arabia instructed the Pahrump Valley Times on Monday.
Arabia also shed his Republican most important bid for re-election in June.
Glennen said he experienced only obtained the scenario against Blundo “weeks ago.”
“The police, as a make any difference of law, have particular legal guidelines that they have to follow with regards to domestic battery, and taking men and women into custody,” he mentioned. “If I do not have new probable result in for an arrest, then I am likely to concern a summons. In other phrases, given that I received this numerous months right after the incident [allegedly] happened, I really don’t consider that I would have probable lead to to request an arrest, as late in the match if you will.”
But immediately after reviewing the merits of the circumstance in opposition to Blundo, Glennen stated that is all transformed.
“I do believe even so, that I have probable result in to go ahead — and that’s as considerably as I can communicate to that,” he claimed.
Get hold of reporter Selwyn Harris at [email protected] On Twitter: @pvtimes. Editor Brent Schanding contributed to this report.