Man gets jail time in Stateline assault
A Reno man was ordered to spend seven months in jail and complete a veterans’ specialty court in Washoe County or face up to five years in prison for hitting a stranger in the head with a beer bottle at a Stateline nightclub last summer.
Adam M. Grimes, 26, was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended 2-5-year prison term in connection with the July 20 attack.
“I would like to see you reform,” District Judge Tod Young said. “But I must protect the public from you.”
Young described the damage done as “flaying” the victim’s skull, and said the bottle severed arteries in his head.
The judge said he’d studied Grimes’ mental health history, which dated back to his service with the U.S. Navy in Haiti, and said he appeared on a downhill slide.
Prosecutor Eric Levin argued that probation was not appropriate in the case, saying he also doubted Grimes would be successful on probation. Levin said the victim could not afford to come to Minden from Los Angeles to testify, but that he sent a letter.
“I can’t agree with the recommendation from parole and probation,” he said in seeking a 12-36-month prison sentence. “The attack itself was not the result of an imminent threat. It came from behind.”
But defense attorney Kris Brown said the attack was a sign of her client’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Instead of sending Grimes to prison, Young ordered that he remain in jail until July 23, 2015, with no time off for good behavior. His probation will not exceed five years. He must also pay $4,007.50 in restitution to the victim.
Grimes was arrested on July 20 after he admitted striking the other man with a bottle.
According to the police report, the victim’s girlfriend said Grimes came up to them while they were at Harrah’s PEEK nightclub. The victim and Grimes had a brief exchange and then Grimes walked away. She said that while she was talking to the victim after the altercation, Grimes walked back up behind the victim and hit him with a bottle.
Grimes pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm on Sept. 30.