ELKO – A man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the Elko County Courthouse pleaded no contest in a plea agreement.
Casey D. Overacker, 34, of Spring Creek, was arraigned by Senior Judge Steven Elliott in Elko District Court, Department 2 on Dec. 22.
Judge Al Kacin recused himself from Overacker’s arraignment Dec. 4, explaining that the bomb threat evacuation of the Elko Court complex on June 19 disrupted his court schedule and that he “could not set aside the anger I feel for that type of action” to hear the plea.
In exchange for his plea, Overacker was charged with attempted communication of a bomb threat, a category C felony. He could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and fined up to $10,000 and would be eligible for probation.
Overacker was initially charged with making a bomb threat, a category B felony, which is punishable by 1 to 6 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, according to NRS. 202.840.
His attorney, Jeff Kump, said he recommended the plea deal to his client because “it is possible that a jury could find Mr. Overacker guilty of this offense.”
Kump said he intended to file a motion to also recommend residential treatment for Overacker as a term of probation.
District Attorney David Buchler told the court the state would oppose motions to reduce bail or release the defendant on his own recognizance.
“As far as custody status, we want him in custody,” Buchler said.
Overacker was arrested Oct. 4 on suspicion of calling in a bomb threat to the Elko County Clerk’s office in June. According to the Elko County Sheriff’s deputy’s investigation, Overacker’s girlfriend, Shawna Parker, was appearing in court that day.
Law enforcement officials performed a check of the perimeter of the buildings and did not find any suspicious devices.
Overacker is set to be sentenced by Elliott on Feb. 16.