Convict in Reno Crime Spree Gets 45 Years

An unemployed security guard who confessed to terrorizing the community and Reno police officers with death threats, hate-laced graffiti and random shootings has been sentenced to up to 45 years in prison.

Washoe County District Judge Steve Kosach handed down the maximum sentence today for 46-year-old Gary Craig Rosales. He ordered him to serve at least 17 years and eight months before he can be considered for parole.

As part of a plea agreement, Rosales pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated stalking and five counts of shooting into an occupied building. He originally was charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, aggravated stalking, criminal anarchy and seven counts of firing into an occupied structure.

The crime spree began in 1999 with death threats targeting District Attorney Dick Gammick, former Reno Police Chief Jerry Hoover, then-acting Chief Jim Weston and other officers and their families.

Over five years, more than 100 threats were received in the form of graphic graffiti spray painted on homes, businesses, churches, synagogues and other locations, police said.

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