GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A 19-year-old northern Nevada man has pleaded guilty to stealing $15,000 from his hospitalized grandfather's bank account.
The (Gardnerville) Record-Courier reports Rhys Stefancin-Whitney of Minden pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of theft as part of a plea bargain agreement in which prosecutors dropped an additional charge of exploiting the elderly.
Stefancin-Whitney could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But prosecutors said they would recommend he spend six months in jail.
District Judge Tom Gregory denied a request to release him on his own recognizance and ordered him held on $15,000 bail until his April 22 sentencing.
Prosecutor Matt Johnson said the last time Stefancin-Whitney was out of custody he ran up $500 in charges on the victim's credit card for snowboard equipment.
Information from: Gardnerville Record-Courier, http://www.recordcourier.com