Aug. 14, 2009
Not a parking place available at courthouse
By GINA B. GOOD
There wasn't a parking place to be had Tuesday in Pahrump's courthouse parking lot.
Vehicles were parked across Basin Street as well as in the dirt and gravel in the undeveloped areas around the government complex.
Both justice courts were hearing cases and a civil trial was being held in the newest temporary courtroom. Prospective jurors were also waiting in the lobby.
In Judge Robert Lane's 5th District courtroom, attendees and their families awaiting hearings were crammed shoulder to shoulder in each row while at least a dozen people stood in the aisles toward the back of the room.
The 10 a.m. cases were still being heard after lunch at 1 p.m.
Joseph Patrick Lamoureux, the man who allegedly shot Dep. Eric Murphy during a gunfight at Terrible's Lakeside RV park Sept. 19, 2008, appeared before Lane for his arraignment after several appearances in Justice Court.
During his incarceration, he was sent to Lakes Crossing for evaluation. Lamoureux told Lane he has been treated for a mental disorder and entered a plea of not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.
Amended information was not readily available to the court and the arraignment will be continued in September.
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About 3 years ago, there was another deputy shooting here in Pahrump.
The judge mentioned in this report, was the judge that presided over those proceedings.
The attorney who represented the other invidivual charged with shooting a deputy, is the same attorney who is representing Patrick.
The charges against that other individual were nothing close to the magnitude of those against Pat.
Prior to sentencing this individual, Judge Robert Lane explained his reasons for the sentence.
"We do have both general and specific deterrence," Lane said. "We have let people know that we don't tolerate police officers being shot. We don't even tolerate them being shot at, let alone being hit. What you did was a very serious crime and after weighing everything I do believe the appropriate penalty has been set forth."
The individual was sentenced to 36 years in prison. 18 years for shooting the deputy, and 18 years for the deadly weapon enhancement.
I cannot stress to each and every person who is reading this - the importance of being able to cover the fees for every expert witness that Patrick's attorney wants on the legal defense team.
Even if you have never met Pat, remember: He fought for your freedom and your liberties; he fought for the country you live in; he fought for your way of life.
Please, help save his life. Even if you can only scrape five dollars together, please send a check to me or to Patrick's brother Chris. Our addresses are on the side bar to the left.
Helping save this person's life, is the humanitarian thing to do. Joseph Patrick Lamoureux put his life on the line for you and our country.
He is an amazing man, and he deserves the support of every citizen in this country. If you have a heart, please help save his life.