Nevada’s Attorney General Exonerates Sheriff Antinoro
Storey County residents have endured an agonizing and relentless 6-year campaign against Sheriff Gerald Antinoro waged by Mustang Ranch Owner, TRIC and Blockchains Executive and Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman. Gilman’s efforts were marked by anonymous letters suggesting mishandling of the Judy Black investigation and the failed recall election effort. Gilman’s proxies Kris Thompson and Karen Woodmansee were verbose and vitriolic in their bashing of the Sheriff. Their campaign reached a stomach-churning intensity on the Virginia Highlands Chat Group during the final weeks of the election as we documented here. In the final analysis, this frothy effort seemed to strengthen the resolve of Antinoro supporters as the Sheriff was won his 4th election.
Vindication Continues After Re-Election
In a letter sent to Lance Gilman’s attorney Joey Gilbert dated July 6th, 2018, The Nevada Attorney General’s Office (AGO) answers Mr. Gilberts claims of sexual misconduct, gang rape and other types of criminal behavior leveled at Sheriff Gerald Antinoro. In that letter, which is attached below, the AGO explained that there was nothing to their claims.
In the letter, the AGO details the extent of the investigation and the lengths the Office went to make their determination. The letter documents the scope of the investigation which began in 2014 under then-AG Catherine Cortez Masto. It details interviews conducted jointly with alleged victims, both independently and jointly with the FBI. The letter ultimately concludes that the AGO found no basis for a criminal prosecution and suggested several alternative courses of action for Commissioner Gilman to pursue.
Gilman’s Claims Proven To Be Untrue.
Joey Gilbert issued multiple allegations against the Sheriff, none of which could be substantiated or meet the standard of being an actual criminal offense. The AGO’s letter flatly disproves Gilbert’s accusations leveled against the Sheriff including:
“The AGO investigation team interviewed the potential victim who stated that she was not the victim of any sexual offenses.”
“AGO investigators located and interviewed the possible victim who stated that Sheriff Antinoro never committed any acts of sexual misconduct against her.”
In the reports filed by the investigators, there are more exonerating statements:
“■■■■■■■■ stated she was not a victim of sexual assault and the allegations were false. ■■■■■■■■ stated she still had a good relationship with Antinoro. ■■■■■■■■ said she dated Antinoro starting in 2009 and they were engaged to be married. She said in 2015 they ultimately decided to separate and go different directions. ■■■■■■■■ described Antinoro as a man of “integrity” and “110% aboveboard”. Moreover, she added that he was a ”by the book guy”, “ethical” and ”black and white”. ■■■■■■■■ stated she still speaks with Antinoro from time to time and they remain on good terms.”
■■■■■■■■ said the allegations were false and were nothing more than her sex life ”being twisted by rumors”. stated her sex life with ■■■■■■■■ was personal and it was nobody’s business. ■■■■■■■■ described the allegations outlined in the letters as false and destructive to her reputation and family.
Will This Finally End?
Many of the citizens of Storey County hope and pray that Gilman will finally give this a rest. We need to heal and come together as a community and allow the wounds of the past several years to heal. And besides, there are so many things that need attention in Storey County. Things that affect more than Lance Gilman’s bruised ego and hurt feelings.
Sadly, if Gilman’s past performance is any indication his of future actions, the weary citizens of Storey County will continue to watch this unfold like a bad dream we just can’t wake up from.
Joey Gilbert’s letter: