Fallon judge's son pleads guilty to stealing gun

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Updated: 11/16/2011 11:55 am

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — A judge's son previously convicted of charges involving sex with an intoxicated girl has pleaded guilty to stealing his father's shotgun and pawning it for money.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Jeffrey Michael Lister, 21, entered his plea Tuesday to buying, possessing or withholding a stolen firearm, a felony. He could face one to 10 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 19 by Churchill District Judge William Rogers.

Fallon authorities said Municipal Court Judge Michael Lister had reported to local police that his shotgun had been stolen, and said he believed his son was responsible.

Jeffrey Lister was sentenced to a year in jail in 2009 after pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit an obscene, indecent or immoral act. The charge related to Lister having sex with a grossly intoxicated 15-year-old girl during a teen party hosted by former Fallon high school softball coach Tami Peel in January 2008.

Lister was 18 at the time.

According to documents in the case, an investigator said the assault took place after Lister invited the inebriated girl to see his pickup parked outside, and Lister later bragged about having sex with the girl.

The girl also said she believed she was assaulted by several other boys at the party while she was intoxicated. Others accused of assaulting her were under age 18.

Authorities said Peel took a group of children 14 and 15 years old to a store where she purchased malt liquor beverages. Witnesses said she also collected money and purchased three cases of beer for the party.

Peel told parents that the party was going to be a sleep over for some of her daughter's friends with soft drinks and pizza, and there would be no alcohol or boys.

Peel pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, and five other misdemeanors and was sentenced in April 2009 to jail time.

Four months later, she was sentenced to 11 months in jail for violating the terms of her probation. Officials said Peel was intoxicated when she checked into the county jail to serve part of her original sentence.

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