His Drunken Quest For Montana Strippers
Derailed Detective’s Decade-long Career
But Nicothodes Has the Last Laugh
Former Las Vegas Metropolitan Detective Timothy Nicothodes was formally sentenced July, 12, 2012 in Yellowstone County District Court for criminal endangerment and driving under the influence. The ten-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department saw the final chapter of his night of drunken debauchery written last week during an hour-long sentencing hearing in Montana.
According to The Billings Gazette, Judge Gregory Todd ordered Nicothodes to serve a three-year deferred sentence and pay a $3,000 fine for the felony criminal endangerment charge. In addition, Todd ordered the former detective to serve six months in jail and pay a $500 fine to satisfy the misdemeanor DUI conviction. The the convictions resulted from Nicothodes guilty plea to the DUI and “no contest” plea to the felony earlier this year. Both sentences are to run concurrently and all but the three days already served by Nicothodes were suspended.
What’s troubling is that Nicothodes, who served as a DEA agent for six years prior to joining LVMPD, was able to avoid termination for his actions. Despite Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s promise to make LVMPD a transparent agency which holds its officers accountable for their actions, Nicothodes was able to negotiate a secret deal with Metro which granted him a full medical retirement, rather than the expected termination a felony conviction mandates.
We can only speculate as to whether or not Nicothodes marriage to Deputy Chief Kathy O’Connor, Gillespie’s chief of staff, had any impact on his obtaining such a sweetheart deal.
According to police reports Nicothodes was going about 98 mph the night of May 26 when his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup crashed into the back of a 2009 Ford Focus on a two-lane roadway in Yellowstone County. Evidence indicated he did not even attempted to brake, police said.
Both vehicles rolled. Nicothodes, who was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck, was in critical condition at the time, but has since recovered.
According to the report, the detective had a blood-alcohol content between 0.192 percent and 0.219 percent. The legal limit in Montana is 0.08 percent.
Two people in the Focus were diagnosed with soft-tissue damage and had cuts and bruises, but their injuries were non life-threatening, the report said.
Police later contacted the parents of a woman in the Focus who said they knew Nicothodes and had been with him in a bar that night, the report said.
They told police they saw him drinking “significant” amounts of alcohol as they had dinner together, including many shots and mixed drinks.
Nicothodes later asked them whether they would accompany him to the Laurel, MT strip club, Shotgun Willie’s, but they declined, police said. One saw him urinating in the parking lot before he left the bar, the report said.
Nicothodes was hired by the Metropolitan Police Department in 1999 and is married to Deputy Chief Kathy O’Connor, chief of staff to Sheriff Douglas Gillespie according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
In 2007, Nicothodes as a patrol officer shot and killed burglary suspect Joseph M. Justin after Justin pointed a gun at the officer’s partner.
Nicothodes was placed on unpaid leave when felony charges were filed against him in Montana, before he was able to receive a medical retirement,
- Ex-Las Vegas detective sentenced for DUI crash in Billings (missoulian.com)