Driver pleads no contest in Kingsbury crash: Man faces up to $5,000 in fines |

Driver pleads no contest in Kingsbury crash: Man faces up to $5,000 in fines

The Record-Courier

MINDEN – A 47-year-old Stateline man faces up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine after he pleaded no contest in a drunk-driving accident that seriously injured a Reno man.

William Howe is set for sentencing Aug. 28 by District Judge Michael Gibbons.

Howe entered his plea Monday to a charge of driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater causing serious bodily harm.

Howe, who had a blood-alcohol content of .24, collided with a vehicle driven by Fred Wright, 40, of Reno. Howe’s alcohol level was three times the legal limit of .08 for driving in Nevada.

The accident occurred Oct. 2, 2005, on Kingsbury Grade.

Wright suffered a broken leg, perforated diaphragm and fractured arm.

Howe’s lawyer, Dirk Manoukian, said his client had completed a 50-day in-patient alcohol treatment program and had attended hundreds of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings since the accident.

“He went straight from the hospital to residential treatment,” Manoukian said. “He has done everything he could have done.”

Manoukian said his client anticipated paying restitution, but a figure had not been determined.

For sentencing, a no-contest plea is weighed the same as guilty.

Howe is not eligible for probation and must serve a mandatory prison term before he is eligible for parole.

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