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Mom charged with conspiracy in Pahrump shooting

Posted at 6:03 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 08:48:08-05

The Nye County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man accused in the attempted murder of his underage girlfriend and also taken the girlfriend's mother into custody for conspiracy.

The Nye County Sheriff's Office had sought 21-year-old Cody Barnes after the shooting Friday afternoon in Pahrump. He was found Saturday morning in Ventura, Calif.
Police said around 2:45 p.m. Friday Barnes went to the area of 2000 block of Irene Street and allegedly fired multiple gunshots into a vehicle after a dispute with his underage girlfriend.  The girlfriend, along with another male, were inside the vehicle at the time and fled to another address on Hays Street.
According to police, Barnes followed them to that location and fired several more rounds at the car and a residence at the address. Police said he then fled the scene.
No one was injured in either shooting.
The investigation further revealed that the underage girlfriend's mother, 42-year-old Kristy Finnegan, had conspired with Barnes to commit the shooting. She faces charges of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon, attempted kidnapping, conspiracy to commit child endangerment, obstruction, conspiracy to discharge firearm where person may be injured and conspiracy to discharge a firearm into a car.
Barnes was booked into Ventura County Jail, awaiting extradition to Nevada. He faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, aiming firearm at a person and child endangerment.

A younger daughter of Finnegan's said Barnes decided he didn't want his girlfriend to moave out of the house and decided to shoot the tires of his girlfriend's car so she couldn't leave. Apparently, the daughter said her mom told Barnes it was a good idea.

The younger daughter said her mom made a poor decision but it was with good intentions to stop her daughter from leaving town. She also said Barnes is generally a nice guy but he gets jealous.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any further information regarding this case is urged to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 751-7000.