Man who destroyed three Tahoe condos avoids prison |

Man who destroyed three Tahoe condos avoids prison

A 36-year-old South Lake Tahoe man who destroyed three Stateline condominiums in a drunken rampage was sentenced Monday to a suspended 5-year prison sentence and ordered to pay nearly $20,000 restitution.

“This was just so extreme,” said Judge Michael Gibbons. “It’s one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen for destruction of property. You could well be on your way to prison, but I am taking the chance you will not drink any more.”

Gibbons placed William E. Peterson on five years probation and ordered him to pay restitution at $400 a month.

He must abstain from drugs and alcohol, and complete substance abuse treatment and continue counseling.

Gibbons also ordered Peterson to perform 100 hours of community service.

Peterson apologized to the victims, one of whom was in court.

“I want to say to all the victims I am very sorry for the inconvenience and for the crime I committed. I feel I am on the way to rehabilitation. I would like to make restitution as soon as possible,” he said.

Gibbons gave Peterson credit for 66 days in Douglas County Jail and 33 days at an in-patient substance abuse treatment program.

Peterson has been living in a half-way house, and “doing very well,” according to his lawyer, Erik Johnson of Carson City.

Gibbons ordered Peterson to pay $8,828 to one of the victims.

Gibbons said he would hold a restitution hearing for a victim who submitted a claim for $15,813.

Peterson pleaded guilty to a felony count of home invasion.

He also got in a fight with the deputies who arrested him on Sept. 15 at the complex in the 300 block of Galaxy Lane at Stateline.

“Hopefully, this is a one-time event,” Gibbons said.

“That it is, your honor,” Peterson said.

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