ELKO – A father who allegedly threatened his son and another teen with a box cutter in February was ordered to attend an alcohol treatment program in exchange for a reduction in charges.
Ronald Titus Bollinger, 53, of Elko was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, both category B felonies resulting from his arrest Feb. 6 at his residence.
According to police reports, Bollinger was intoxicated when he allegedly assaulted his 16-year old son and threatened to kill him when the teen approached his father about a homework question. He also allegedly threatened his son’s friend who was at the house that night.
Police found Bollinger behind his home on Fir Street where he was apprehended.
In court, Deputy District Attorney David Buchler asked Justice of the Peace Mason Simons to have the matter continued for seven months while Bollinger attends a residential alcohol treatment program for three to six months.
He would go from jail to the treatment program, added Buchler.
“Upon completion of treatment, he would come back and be allowed to enter a plea of guilty to domestic violence,” said Bucher.
Buchler also noted that the agreement was urged by the victims and defendant’s wife.
Bollinger’s attorney, public defender Roger Stewart, was in agreement with the proposed plea deal.
Simons vacated the preliminary hearing and set a status hearing for Oct. 3.