Robert Maurice Wilson

On Tuesday, June 26, Eleventh Judicial District Court Judge Jim Shirley, sentenced Robert Maurice Wilson (of Hawthorne) to twenty-five years incarceration in the Nevada Department of Corrections.

In a press release from Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe, it is stated that Wilson was convicted by a Mineral County jury in December of 2017 on counts of “trafficking in Heroin and Methamphetamine as well as additional counts of unlawful possession of Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Diazepam and Tramadol and child endangerment.”

The charges within this case come from a Mineral County Sheriff’s Office investigation dating back to November 2015 when deputies executed a search warrant of Wilson’s residence and recovered the following: “7.5 grams of heroin and 23.3 grams of methamphetamine.”

The press release also states that the Mineral County deputies found numerous other controlled substances, paraphernalia related to the illegal sale of narcotics and three handguns.

Wilson previously failed to appear at a sentencing hearing in the Eleventh District Court on these charges on Feb. 13, 2018 and was apprehended nine days later in Sacramento, Calif.

“Due to Mr. Wilson’s extensive criminal history, including five previous felony convictions, District Attorney Sean Rowe sought to have him deemed a “habitual criminal”, and informed the court that “Robert Wilson has spent his adult life engaged in crime.” Judge Shirley imposed the habitual criminal status and speaking to Wilson, said, “at some point there has to be a reckoning…mercy cannot rob justice.””

At the sentencing, Rowe argued that “the combination of firearms and narcotics makes this a particularly concerning case.” Rowe explained, “One of the firearms, a loaded derringer, was found under the living room couch cushions. I assume Robert’s kids played on that couch, watched TV on that couch. The risk to these kids is huge.”

Following the hearing, Rowe thanked the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, “Sheriff Adams and his deputies need to be commended for their investigation in this case. They took a significant quantity of drugs off the street and shut down a pipeline of this poison in our community.”

As a habitual felon, Wilson will not become eligible for parole until serving a minimum of ten years in prison, the press released concluded.