A 19-year-old Gardnerville man is to appear this morning for arraignment in Douglas County District Court on allegations that he convinced two juveniles to steal a weapon so they could become gang members.
Robert Fordin was charged with principal to burglary, principal to grand larceny of a firearm, and possession of stolen property stemming from the incident which occurred in April 2011.
According to reports, Fordin reportedly told the teenagers if they stole the weapon from a Norteños gang member he would make sure they became members of the Juggalos to which he claimed allegiance.
Norteños are traditionally Latino gang members while the Juggalos are followers of Insane Clown Posse, or other Psychopathic Records hip-hop groups.
Authorities were tipped to the theft by Fordin’s mother, and discovered the missing weapon in a shed where Fordin also was living on his grandmother’s property.
He was released on bail Jan. 25, but taken back into custody Feb. 1 on allegations of possession of drug paraphernalia and violating a court order.
According to Fordin’s lawyer, Tod Young, the new charges are to be dismissed after he pleads guilty in the felony case.