For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Bays
775.321.4307 (o); 775.771.6049 (c)
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has announced that a Reno man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. This sentencing is the most recent in which the prosecutor sought and received habitual criminal status based on the defendant’s lengthy criminal history that spanned over twenty years and included multiple theft and forgery offenses. The sentence ensures the defendant must serve a minimum of 5 years in prison before parole eligibility begins.
Douglas Lee Reeves, 42, from Reno pled guilty in May to one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and was sentenced to 13 years in prison by Judge Lynn Simons. Reeves was arrested in January by detectives with the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP). ROP Detectives apprehended Reeves outside his Reno apartment after locating him in possession of a stolen truck. At the time of his arrest, Reeves was wanted by Lyon County for destruction of property of another. After his arrest, Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Mazza filed criminal charges against Reeves, including notice of intent to seek habitual criminal adjudication.
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office continues to work closely with the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program on cases involving habitual criminals. In this case, the conviction as a habitual offender resulted in a significantly longer maximum sentence than the 1 to 5 year term for one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.