Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 11, 2023

Driver Killing Myron Dewey Enters Plea Agreement of Guilty for Manslaughter

Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey

Driver of truck killing Paiute Journalist Myron Dewey enters into a plea agreement for a lesser charge

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

TONOPAH, Nevada -- John Walsh, the driver responsible for killing Paiute journalist Myron Dewey in a head-on collision on an isolated dirt road, entered a plea of guilty for vehicular manslaughter Tuesday afternoon, in the criminal case before Tonopah Justice Court Judge Jennifer Klapper.

Walsh's attorney entered the plea of the lesser charge of guilty for manslaughter. The plea agreement was arranged by Walsh's attorney and the prosecutor, a Nye County District Attorney, newly appointed to the case.

Myron's death remains suspicious as he was battling both the expansion of the Navy Seals Bombing Range in Fallon, pushed by the Nevada Congressmen, and a Canadian company's lithium mine on the Paiute Massacre site at Thacker Pass, promoted by President Biden. 

The amended charges in the plea agreement, announced in court today, states a second charge would be dismissed. The sentencing of Walsh is scheduled for June 6, 2023. Vehicular manslaughter is generally prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Nevada. The potential sentencing includes up to 6 months in jail, fines of up to $1,000.00, and a one-year driver's license suspension.

John Walsh of Reno was initially charged with both driving under the influence resulting in death, and reckless driving resulting in death. The Nye County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Walsh nine months after Myron was killed.

Walsh’s blood tests showed levels of cannabinoids. However, no charges were filed until Myron's daughter Taylor Dewey persisted in her efforts for charges to be filed. The Nye County Sheriff's report states a blood test was carried out at Renown Hospital in Reno after he was airlifted there after the head-on collision. 

Myron, 49, of the Walker River Paiute Nation in Nevada, is a world-renowned journalist, activist, filmmaker and water protector. 

The Nevada State Police report, obtained by Censored News, shows that Walsh pulled into Myron's lane on Ione Road, an isolated dirt road near Myron's family's home in Yomba, Nevada, at 11:12 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

Walsh was driving a larger truck, a Toyota Tacoma, and Myron was driving a smaller Toyota Highlander. Myron's vehicle was struck on the front left driver's side.

Myron died about two hours after the head-on collision. Myron's sister who lived nearby was able to be with him during his last time.

Walsh was airlifted to a Reno hospital. Although the state police said they took blood at the hospital for analysis at the time, it was nearly 10 months later that the prosecutors announced the results of the blood test.

Myron's daughter Taylor persistently contacted Nye County officials to make sure there was justice.

On the day before his death, Myron live-streamed from the Fallon bombing range and opposed its expansion. He also urged the protection of the Paiute Massacre site at Thacker Pass from lithium mining.

However, the expansion of the Navy Seals' bombing range at Fallon was approved when President Biden signed the Defense spending bill over the Christmas holidays, which allocated public lands for the expansion. Nevada Congressmen pushed for the expansion -- which includes bombing, live ground fire, and electronic warfare, according to the Navy.

During resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota, Myron provided news in 2016--2017. Myron's drone coverage included the pipeline construction and the pipeline's private security. TigerSwan, which directed law enforcement from across the nation at the site, operated without a license in North Dakota, a regulatory agency ruled.

Livestreaming from the Fallon bombing range the day before he died, Myron said when he hears, "Thank you for your service," another image comes to mind: "Killing, rape, genocide."

"I am a survivor of a mass genocide across the United States."

Pointing out that genocide is being carried out around the world, he said, "In Nevada, it is still fresh."

At Standing Rock, Myron and the Water Protectors also witnessed an Avenger missile launcher. On Saturday, five years after Standing Rock, in the Nevada desert at the bombing range, Dewey filmed an Avenger.

Myron said this video is to warn his grandchildren of this corporate greed, and the greed that demands power and military force.

Speaking on climate change, he said there were not enough pine nuts to feed the people during the ceremony this year.

Myron also speaks in the video of the green-washing and the lithium mining now targeting sacred ancestral land at Thacker Pass in northern Nevada. He speaks of the need to protect and defend the land and water.

"Take a breath," he said, "Take a moment and appreciate what you have."

Read the full article, and view Myron's final video, at Censored News.

New! Fallon Bombing Range Expansion:
Live Fire and Electronic Warfare, Myron Dewey Died Trying to Prevent It
by Censored News

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Walsh is a murderer, plain & simple. He should be punished as such, no 'deals' should be available to him!