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Ex-inmate confesses to October stabbing at Tahoe casino

MINDEN – A man has admitted to stabbing a Carson City resident over a parking spot at a Lake Tahoe casino just two days after he was released from prison.

Remengesau “Ray Ray” William Erungel, 24, admitted Tuesday in Douglas County District Court that he stabbed the 23-year-old man twice during an Oct. 11 confrontation.

Erungel faces a maximum of 20 years in Nevada State Prison and $20,000 in fines after he pleaded guilty to two counts of battery with a deadly weapon. If he were given the maximum sentence, Erungel would not be eligible for parole until he had served at least eight years.

His attorney, Derrick Lopez, told District Judge Dave Gamble that Erungel will argue that he thought the 23-year-old victim was reaching for a weapon when he stabbed him.

“He believed he was acting in defense of himself and others,” Lopez said.

Prosecutor Mike McCormick pointed out to the judge that the victim did not have a weapon.

The confrontation began when the victim pulled into a parking space at Harrah’s just before Erungel’s group. The driver of the vehicle carrying Erungel claimed the victim cut him off and started arguing with him.

During the confrontation, Erungel stabbed the man in the abdomen.

A description of Erungel was released to the media shortly after the incident, and an informant to Secret Witness provided information that led to his Oct. 22 arrest in Reno.

Erungel was ordered to appear in District Court for sentencing on Jan. 15. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

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