After 27 months in the Nye County Detention Center, on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 a plea agreement was entered into District Court records for Pat Lamoureux.
Sentencing will be on February 8, 2011, almost two and one half years following the Sept. 19, 2008 incident.
As you will recall, Pat had been facing 15 felony charges, including 4 charges of attempted murder naming 4 police officers. Finally, a little bit of justice entered the picture, and after plea negotiations during the past couple of weeks, the District Attorney's office accepted a deal entered by Pat's attorney, reducing the charges to 1 count of Battery, 1 count of Assault and a gross misdemeanor for discharging a firearm in public. The Battery charge carries a sentence of 2-15, Assault 1-6 and the gross misdemeanor 1 year in the county jail. The Judge stated that the charges are eligible for probation at sentencing.
The case will now go to a pre-sentencing board for review and recommendation, and then on February 8th, we will find out what those recommendations will be. I pray that since Pat had never been in trouble before, that he will get a suspended sentence and probation. There would be no justice in further incarceration. My goal now is to get him into a treatment program for PTSD, perhaps at the National Center for PTSD in California.
Pat is an amazing man who has shown such great strength and courage, even during the time he was suffering with that retained bullet in his leg. He had quietly reconciled himself to the fact that he was going to lose his leg, thank God that did not happen. Yes, he is a phenomenal man, and I am very proud
that he is my husband.
As this journey is not over yet, I will ask that everyone keep their positive thoughts going as well as prayers. I am extremely hopeful that Pat will not be sent to prison and that we will be able to pick up the pieces of our lives and move forward.
I hope that as time goes forward that our Nation becomes better prepared to handle the difficulties of the brave men and women who go to war. What Pat and I, as well as the rest of our family, have been through should never happen to a Veteran and their family. The American people must become better educated and aware of the power PTSD has to destroy not only the Veteran, but their family. Please know that I will continue to fight to make a difference in the lives of our Veterans.
I can never find a way to thank everyone for their concern and support through this horrible ordeal. You have shown me comfort in my deepest, darkest days, and given me the strength and courage to keep fighting to save Pat's life. Let's continue with hope and prayers for the best outcome when we go to court on February 8, 2011.
I wish everyone the very best this Christmas, and I pray that next year Pat and I will be together for Christmas.
With my deepest gratitude,