Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Oct 21, 2021 - 12:45PM

For Immediate Release

Sheriff Balaam Statement on Guzman Guilty Plea

October 21, 2021
Mary-Sarah Kinner
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-3006
Cell: 775-399-1759

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam today released the following statement after Wilber Ernesto Martinez Guzman pled guilty to murder and other charges in Washoe County:

“This morning, justice was served in the Washoe County case against Wilber Ernesto Martinez Guzman. This case terrorized Washoe County for weeks in early 2019 and I am pleased to see closure today for the David family as well as for the citizens of Washoe County.

“On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, I must give incredible credit to Detective Stefanie Brady with the Sheriff’s Office. Detective Brady’s meticulous work on this case more than significantly contributed to today’s outcome. She, along with the outstanding men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who worked this case, deserve our deep gratitude.  

“As law enforcement officers – both members of the Sheriff’s Office and prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office – our number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of those we serve, while simultaneously seeking justice for victims of crimes.

“I am intensely proud of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in this case, from the first day to today. I thank Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks, Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson and their teams for their diligent work. I also wish to thank our federal and regional partners who assisted on this case.

“Last, though certainly not least, let us never forget the victims of the Washoe County case, Gerald and Sharon David. Their family has been through the darkest of days since early 2019 and I am grateful that today, they see resolution.

“To the families of Constance Koontz and Sophia Renken, the Douglas County victims in the larger case, we stand with you and beside you as you seek closure in Douglas County.”

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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