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Man accused of killing Nevada Highway Patrol trooper facing new charges

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Posted at 10:54 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 00:45:03-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — The Nye County District Attorney’s Office has charged John Dabritz with four felony counts relating to unlawful possession of explosive or incendiary devices.

Dabritz is also potentially facing the death penalty in White Pine County for the murder of Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Ben Jenkins on March 27, 2020.

“The killing of Sergeant Ben Jenkins was an unimaginably horrible thing, and we are confident that the White Pine County DA’s Office will continue to do an excellent job with that case,” Nye County District Attorney Chris Arabia said.

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“Still, these charges in Nye County are serious, and we have an obligation to take appropriate action against someone who would flout the law in an unthinkable manner that he has.”

At his residence in Tybo (Northern Nye) just prior to the slaying of Sergeant Jenkins, according to the criminal complaint, Dabritz possessed three illegal devices and detonated a fourth device by shooting it from a distance.

In Nye County, Dabritz faces three counts of Unlawful Possession of Component of Explosive or Incendiary Device with Intent to Manufacture Explosive or Incendiary Device, category B felonies in violation of NRS 202.261.

The maximum penalty for each of those three counts is 1-6 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

Dabritz also faces one count of Unlawful Possession of Explosive or Incendiary Device in or Near Certain Public or Private Areas, a category D felony in violation of NRS 202.262.

The maximum penalty for that count is 1-4 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

During the investigation of Dabritz, the police developed information leading to Kelvin Laird being charged with Carrying Concealed Weapon(s), a category C felony in violation of NRS 202.350, with maximums of 1-5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Because Dabritz is facing a possible death penalty prosecution in White Pine County, it is unknown at this time when he will appear in the Tonopah Justice Court.