Judge seeks help from state in restitution case
Two cases on Monday prompted District Judge Michael Gibbons to admonish the Nevada Parole Board for failing to deal with fines and restitution when they release inmates who owe money.
One of the cases was that of Marlo Weatherbee, who was ordered to prison for 16-48 months three years ago after she admitted to taking more than $20,000 from her employer.
Weatherbee served her prison sentence and was released.
She has paid $600 in restitution so far. She agreed on Tuesday to pay $200 a month restitution.
Also before Gibbons was the case of Patrick K. McKinnon, 58, who was sentenced to at least two years in prison for a second instance of felony driving under the influence in November 2010. He had credit for nearly a year time served
McKinnon was released from prison owing $5,000 in 2011.
Three years later, in June, he came before Gibbons on a child support case, which revealed he still owed his fines and fees.
McKinnon is unemployed, though he is looking for work, and said he had been homeless after his release. He was hospitalized last month.
Gibbons told representatives of the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation that he felt the state needed to recognize that many parolees still had obligations related to their sentences.
“These are cases where the parole board should take a more active role,” he said.
Gibbons routinely orders those he sentences to prison to return in the weeks after they are released to set up payment plans for restitution and fines.
He asked that probation officers inform the court when parolees who owe money are released, so they can be held accountable.
Weatherbee’s accomplice in her last embezzlement case, Donald Fuller, 30, is serving a year in jail for failing to pay his portion of the restitution, Gibbons said.
Weatherbee was dishonorably discharged in July 2009 from probation for an unrelated 2005 offense in which she took $400,000 from her former employer, Metalast International over a nine-year period.
She still owed $254,987.07 to the victims when she was discharged.