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 man convicted on drug trafficking and home invasion charges has been sentenced as a habitual offender to a term of 25 years in prison. Lucas Barnett Brady 38, from Reno was sentenced yesterday to prison and must serve a minimum of 10 years before parole eligibility begins. Brady had 8 prior felony convictions that were the basis of this office filing notice of intent to seek habitual criminal status for sentencing purposes. Among Brady’s convictions were charges of burglary, fraud, felony eluding, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug offenses.
The case against Brady began in December, 2016 when detectives with the Regional Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) began investigating Brady as a suspect in a home invasion case that occurred on November 22, 2016, at the Siegel Suites in Sparks. Brady was caught on surveillance cameras breaking into an occupied room and stealing a backpack and other property. In December, detectives located Brady at the Peppermill Casino in south Reno. When CSU detectives contacted Brady and advised him that he was under arrest, he initially resisted, but ultimately complied and was arrested. During a search, over 45 grams of methamphetamine and a scale were found in Brady’s jacket pocket. In September, 2017 a jury found Brady guilty of trafficking in a controlled substance. Following his trial, Brady entered a guilty plea in the home invasion case.
At sentencing Deputy District Attorney Carrie Morton argued that Brady had earned habitual status by his continuing criminal conduct, as evidenced by committing a home invasion the day after he was released from prison, and trafficking in a controlled substance within two weeks of his prison release.