Former Douglas Deputy Sentenced

A former Douglas County sheriff's deputy who pleaded no contest to drunken driving and domestic battery has been given two six-month suspended sentences.

Senior Justice of the Peace Edward Dannan sentenced Jason Cypher
to 15 days in jail on each charge, but gave him credit for time served.

He already served 35 days following his arrest, so there was no additional jail time.

Cypher, 37, was arrested Sept. 14 in Minden after a witness reported seeing him striking his wife. A criminal complaint alleged he pulled her hair and punched her numerous times.

Cypher's preliminary breath test for alcohol was .161, more than twice the legal limit, according to a Nevada Highway Patrol report.

He resigned Sept. 25 after 15 years with the Douglas County sheriff's office.

His wife, who also works for the sheriff's office, has filed for divorce.

"I don't have a whole lot to say," Cypher, fighting back tears, said during Monday's hearing. "I can't go back and fix it. I owe a lot of people apologies, I negatively affected quite a few people."

He added, "I'm not worried about myself. It was probably the best thing for me to go to jail for a little while to get my life back on track."

The investigation and prosecution were turned over to Carson City to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest because Cypher was a Douglas County deputy when he was arrested.

The victim read a lengthy statement which she said detailed numerous instances of physical and psychological abuse.

The couple was married a year ago, but the woman said the alleged abuse began months earlier.

She claimed that Cypher read her e-mails, monitored her work 1calls and constantly accused her of infidelity.

"I will have scars from this for the rest of my life," she said. "My fear is that Jason will do to someone else what he did to me."

Prosecutor Gerald Gardner, assistant Carson City district attorney, said the main concern was safety of the victim and her family.

"We need to protect her and her family from his need to control women through intimidation and violence," Gardner said.

Cypher's lawyer, Laurence Peter Digesti, said he was taken aback by the woman's "character assassination" of his client.

"Ninety-five percent of this occurred before they were married. If their life was so bad, why in God's good name did she marry him in November 2006?" Digesti asked.

Dannan lifted an order that Cypher stay out of Douglas County because the victim has a temporary protection order that he stay away from her.

The judge said he didn't want to interfere with Cypher's ability to visit with his young daughter from a previous marriage.

Dannan ordered Cypher to complete domestic violence counseling and to stay away from victim and her family. He is not allowed to consume drugs, alcohol, or possess a weapon.