Brian Joseph Ragland, 26, of Sparks, pled guilty to using a machete to attack a man who was picking up his son from a junior league football practice at Oppio Park in August. He was sentenced Thursday to 60-180 months for battery with a deadly weapon and 48-120 months for mayhem with an extension of 12-60 months for use of a deadly weapon.
The Washoe County District Attorney dropped a conspriacy charge against Ragland, whose sentences will be served concurrently.
On Aug. 29 at about 5:30 p.m., four men pulled off a surprise attack on Dennis Smith, 41, at Oppio Park near Sparks Middle School. The attackers pulled up in a car and rushed at Smith as he waited to pick up his son from football practice. The men attacked Smith with a machete, lead pipe and shovel handle.
Ragland had been held on $100,000 bail at the Washoe County Jail since the August incident, which led to a range of allegations against three other men and the victim's ex-wife.
Smith suffered severe injuries, including the loss of his right eye, a skull fracture and some brain damage, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Several parents who were at the park with their children witnessed the attack and chased the attackers, leading to the immediate apprehension of 19-year-old Andrew Johnson. Johnson faces a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm.
Smith's ex-wife Crystal Sanders, 33, of Sparks — who was also identified as Ragland's girlfriend — was arrested on allegations of conspiracy to commit murder.
Following the attack, Smith applied for a Temporary Protection Order against his ex-wife on Sept. 13. A judge denied Smith’s request last week.
Sanders has posted bail and will have a preliminary hearing in Washoe County District Court on March 17.
Darren Smith, 20, of Reno, was arrested on charges of battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit mayhem. He is not related to the victim.
The last suspect arrested was Robert Mickel, 18, of Sparks, who was charged with conspiracy to commit battery with substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit mayhem.
Both Mickel and Smith have agreed to testify against the other defendants in the case — Sanders, Ragland and Johnson.
Mikkel’s case has moved forward and he is awaiting arraignment at which time he will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.