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Perpetrator's prior criminal history and brashness of offense contribute to sentencing decision.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
www.washoecounty.us
Contact: Adam Cate
acate@da.washoecounty.us
(775) 328-3200
14-037

Reno, Nevada. March 6, 2014. Jevyn William Berney, 23, was sentenced today for an armed robbery he committed at the Rail City Casino in Sparks, Nevada that occurred May 30, 2013. The Honorable Elliot A. Sattler sentenced Berney to four to ten years in prison for the robbery and an additional consecutive term of three to seven-and-a-half years for the use of a gun in the commission of the offense. Berney will serve a minimum of seven years in prison before he is eligible for release on parole.

On the afternoon of May 30, 2013, the victim in this case, a hard-working member of our community, went to the Rail City Casino to cash her paycheck. As she entered her car to leave the casino, she was approached by a masked man demanding her wallet. The man pointed a gun at her, at which point she gave him her wallet, and the man ran away from the scene. Courageously, the victim followed the suspect a short ways where she observed him drop the items used to disguise his face. However, no suspect was arrested that day.

At a trial in early February 2014, Deputy District Attorneys Roy Stralla and Adam Cate were able to prove to a Washoe County jury that the perpetrator of the crime was Berney. The prosecution’s two most important pieces of evidence were the presence of Berney’s DNA on the items the victim saw the robber discard and the victim’s identification of Berney as the man who robbed her. Specifically, the victim was able to identify Berney as the perpetrator of the crime by his neck tattoo: “Bout Cash.”

At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Adam Cate contended that Berney posed a danger to the community and argued for a lengthy prison sentence based upon Berney’s prior criminal history and the brashness of the present offense, committed in broad daylight. Berney committed the robbery only seven months after being released from prison for burglary.

Questions should be directed to Deputy District Attorney Roy Stralla or Deputy District Attorney Adam Cate at 775-328-3200.

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