Woman gets five years probation in Incline stabbing
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Washoe County District Court Judge Robert Perry has sentenced a woman to probation in connection to the grisly slaying of her husband more than a year ago at Lake Tahoe, court officials confirmed Friday.
Mary Arlayne Baymiller, 74, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 22 to 96 months in state prison on Friday, but Perry suspended those sentences, opting to give Baymiller a probation term not to exceed five years, said Greg Bartlett, Court Clerk at Washoe County Court District 9, in a Friday interview.
If Baymiller fails to meet the terms of her probation, Perry’s suspended sentences could be re-enacted.
“Baymiller will meet with the county probation office and they will draw up what essentially amounts to a contract,” Bartlett said. “If she messes up she will be back in front of the court for a revocation hearing.”
The sentence stems from the Oct. 5, 2009, stabbing death of Baymiller’s husband, Charles Alan Baymiller, 73, at the couple’s home on the 1000 block of Lakeshore Drive in Incline Village. Mary Baymiller was 72 at the time of the incident.
Baymiller’s attorney, Tom Viloria, of Reno, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, saying his client’s crime was a result of ingesting medication.
“It was a unique set of circumstances,” he said in a Friday interview. “As a couple of doctors testified (on Friday), but for the drug medication, this would have never happened.”
Viloria said Baymiller’s two children testified that they did not want their mother to go to prison, further saying that if their father were still alive, he also would not want their mother to serve a lengthy state prison sentence.
Baymiller was originally charged with open murder – which contemplates four distinct counts including First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter and Involuntary Manslaughter – but pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter on Jan. 28, 2011, according to previously published Bonanza reports.
According to an affidavit detailing the case, Charles Baymiller was stabbed 160 to 200 times with multiple kitchen knives. The affidavit also alludes to Mary Baymiller suffering panic attacks, and she allegedly attempted to overdose on prescription drugs prior to the October incident.
Baymiller currently lives in Reno, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.