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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 1999
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation 99-137

Lovelock Residents Plead Guilty to Assault Charges

Testimony by witnesses leads NDI investigators to quickly close case

The Nevada Division of Investigation (NDI), responding to the request for assistance from the Lovelock Police Department, closed the case on three Lockwood men who plead guilty to battery with the use of a deadly weapon.

Lovelock residents Merlin Addenbrooke, Patrick Garrett and John Bates were arrested on May 30, 1998 in the May 29, 1998 beating of Richard Bracamonte, also of Lovelock. Addenbrooke, Garrett and Bates beat Bracamonte on the evening of May 29 for his alleged mistreatment of Holly Donaldson, who had a child in common with the victim. Witnesses to the crime, Michelle Gonzalez, Wade Elvendalh, Travis Swindlehurst, Josaline Bates and Holly Donaldson, testified to NDI investigators that the assault against Bracamonte took place.

In February of 1999, John Bates plead guilty in the Sixth Judicial Court to battery with the use of a deadly weapon. On June 11,1999, Merlin Addenbrooke plead guilty in the Sixth Judicial Court to attempted battery with the use of a deadly weapon. On June 23, 1999 Patrick Garrett plead guilty in the Sixth Judicial Court to attempted battery with the use of a deadly weapon. The presiding judge for all three defendants was Richard Wagner.

The Nevada Division of Investigation, a Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, assists local law enforcement jurisdictions in criminal investigations.

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