Admission could lead to 29-year prison term – The Record-Courier

A former Indian Hills man faces up to 29 years after he admitted Monday to abusing an 8-year-old boy.

Devin Andrew Choate, 27, entered guilty pleas to three counts of child abuse or neglect, assault with a deadly weapon, and domestic battery with strangulation.

He is not eligible for probation on the domestic battery charge and must be certified by a psychologist he is not at a high risk to reoffend to receive probation on the child abuse charge.

According to court documents, he abused the child over the course of three days, including putting a machete to the child’s throat and threatening to chop him to bits.

He also admitted to covering the child’s mouth with duct tape, holding his head under water, grabbing the child by the neck and punching him.

Investigators were investigating a potential assault on the boy by another child. Investigators learned that Choate threatened the boy with more violence if he said anything to them.

Choate is a convicted felon who served consecutive 2-5-year prison terms for burglary in Washoe County. He was paroled in August 2019, less than a year before the July 25-27 events that led to his admissions.

Choate is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 7.

■ A Los Angeles man admitted Monday he was in possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Samuel Walker White, 39, faces 1-5 years in prison in connection with his Sept. 20 arrest at a Minden motel.

The Chevrolet S-10 pickup returned stolen back in June.

Prosectuor Patrick Ferguson said White had five prior felonies in California, in arguing for bail to remain $10,000.

Prosecutors are recommending probation for White when he is sentenced on Nov. 16. He has been in custody since his arrest.

■ A Lake Tahoe man who admitted

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