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Ronald Lee Culley

Ronald Culley and his attorney Gary Woodbury stand before Elko District Judge Nancy Porter on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

ELKO – A Montello man who was on trial for shooting a man in the foot last year pleaded guilty to a lesser count Tuesday.

Ronald L. Culley, 56, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to carry a concealed weapon – reducing the charge from a felony to a gross misdemeanor.

Elko County District Judge Nancy Porter asked Culley what he did, to which he replied, “I had a concealed weapon in my pocket.”

Culley is accused of shooting Lester Alderman in his left foot on or about Dec. 20, 2013, outside the Cowboy Bar in Montello. About a year later, Porter ruled Culley’s jury trial a mistrial, as the jury was unable to agree upon a verdict after being sequestered for seven and a half hours.

On Tuesday, Porter explained to Culley – whom she stated had already spent a year in jail – that “any sentence may be consecutive.”

Before the plea was agreed upon the language was changed to reflect that Culley’s impending sentence will allow credit for time served, and probation will not be asked for.

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The question of restitution to the victim was brought up by the judge. Culley’s defense attorney Gary Woodbury stated, “There was no victim” and according to the State of Nevada, restitution cannot be ordered without a victim.

Porter ended the matter by saying, “If someone shows up as a victim, they can speak then [at the sentencing].”

Porter scheduled Culley’s sentencing for Oct. 26.

Before leaving the courtroom, Culley volunteered to speak to the Free Press. When asked what the judge meant about an alleged victim, Culley bluntly replied, “The victim is some guy I shot.”

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