Reno man gets 40-year sentence for machete attack

Celestin Glenn Tappin, 46, of Reno, found guilty of a machete attack on his roommate. Washoe County jail photograph.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for a machete attack on his roommate after they got into an argument last December.

Celestin Glenn Tappin, 46, was found guilty on April 27 of attempted murder, battery causing substantial bodily harm and mayhem, all with the use of a deadly weapon. He must serve at least 16 years before he can be paroled.

On Dec. 22, a drunk Tappin went to his parents’ home and talked about a murder at this Thoma Street home, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said. Police went to the Thoma Street address and found Tappin’s 51-year-old roommate bleeding heavily from several cuts.

The roommate was admitted into intensive care at a hospital.
Police determined Tappin and the roommate got into an argument and Tappin attacked him with a machete. At trial, prosecutors showed Tappin’s DNA was on the machete.