Beckner given probation

Jarrett Beckner apologizes to the victims of a tree-street burglary last year. Beckner was given three years’ probation and ordered to complete drug court for his guilty plea in to grand larceny of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

ELKO – The second of two men charged with burglarizing a tree-street residence in February 2016 was given a suspended sentence and probation in Elko District Court.

Jarrett Tyler Beckner, 20, was placed on probation for three years; ordered to attend adult drug court; pay $681.74 restitution to the victims; abstain from alcohol, gambling and marijuana use; and have no contact with his co-defendant, Billy J. Hyatt.

“I am going to give you the opportunity for civil commitment,” said Judge Nancy Porter. “I’m finding that you are an addict likely to be rehabilitated and you’ve been recommended for treatment.”

Beckner’s attorney, David Loreman, asked for civil commitment for his client, which would not include incarceration.

District Attorney Tyler Ingram asked that Beckner receive jail time, and spoke on behalf of the victims of the burglary, who attended the sentencing but declined to speak in court.

Ingram told the court the victims were “scared to live in their house” since the incident.

Ingram also said the victims believed “jail time was appropriate…so Mr. Beckner can know what he did to these two folks is not right.”

Beckner offered his apologies to the victims in court.

“I would like to say I’m sorry, I apologize. What I did was wrong, it’s not ok. I have problems with drugs and I’m fixing it,” he said.

“I would also like to say I would very much appreciate the chance to go to drug court,” Beckner added.

Beckner pleaded guilty in January to one count of grand larceny of a firearm and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Four burglary counts related to the incident were dropped by the state as part of a plea agreement.

Before sentencing, Porter told the court she “thought a lot about the case,” telling Beckner that his actions destroyed “their peace of mind and security in their home.”

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Porter also said she took into consideration his age, noting that “once a person becomes a felon, it’s difficult for that person from that point forward to get a good job and be a productive member of society.”

“So where possible, I try to give young criminal defendants an opportunity not to be saddled with that felony,” Porter said, addingthat his addiction issues did not excuses his actions.

Beckner and Hyatt were arrested the morning of Feb. 24, 2016 after an officer noticed the pair in the alley between Oak and Cedar streets. They were wearing face masks and carrying rifles and backpacks, according to Free Press files.

Beckner ran from officers and was arrested on Seventh and Juniper streets, throwing items into the front yard of another residence. Hyatt was arrested at Eighth and Juniper streets.

Authorities located a 12-guage shotgun and later found methamphetamine in Beckner’s backpack, along with letters and papers addressed to a residence on Sixth Street.

Beckner was also found to be wearing latex gloves and carrying a flashlight and multi-tool set.

Last year, Hyatt pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny charges and was given a suspended sentence of 80 months in prison and was placed on probation for five years and ordered to complete drug court have no contact with Beckner.

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Staff writer for the Elko Daily Free Press

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