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SHOW LOW – The competitive chiropractor Dr. Kenly Ries pleaded guilty on Tuesday of putting a 10-year-old child at risk by allowing a drunken family friend to drive Ries and the child from a ski trip at Sunrise in Greer on February 13, 2020. Ries pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an “unspecified class 6 crime” of endangerment, which means the charge can be classified as a misdemeanor if he successfully completes three years of intense probation.
The October 2018 incident
Ries’ longstanding legal vulnerability began after a domestic violence incident in October 2018 in which he admitted to suffocating the mother of his four children. In this case, an agreement was reached whereby Ries pleaded guilty to a class 5 crime. However, if he successfully completed a three-year probationary period, the crime charge was dismissed. At the same time, he also pleaded guilty to a domestic violence crime for disorderly behavior. One of the conditions of this probation was that Ries did not consume alcohol.
The February 2020 incident
At around 7 p.m. on February 13, 2020, a Pinetop-Lakeside police officer was sitting in a car in the Safeway parking lot. The officer noticed that a GMC pickup truck was honking through the lane in the McDonald’s lane. The vehicle pulled out of line and moved to stand next to another vehicle, and the officer’s words were exchanged. Then the pickup parked diagonally in a disabled parking lot.
Police contacted the driver who was identified as a very drunk friend of the Ries family with the last name Bowers. The man was arrested and later had blood alcohol levels twice the legal limit – 0.166 percent. Puzzling in this case is the fact that according to court records, Ries was charged with a DUI with a minor in the car, but Ries did not drive, he was a passenger, and it is not a crime to be a passenger under the influence. It is possible that he was charged as an accomplice, but an accomplice’s liability in a DUI case is almost unknown. In any case, the DUI charges against Ries should be dismissed as soon as Ries is convicted of the endangering charge.
However, it was undisputed that Ries had been drinking that February afternoon, and Navajo District Prosecutors withdrew his parole in October 2018 for consuming alcohol in violation of his parole terms. The revocation matter was resolved by Ries, who admitted the violation and he was put on parole under the same conditions as before, but the stifled Class 5 crime charge was recorded against him.
Thus the issue of parole revocation was resolved, and on Tuesday the parties appeared in the courtroom of Supreme Court Justice Ralph Hatch on allegations of endangerment. The state was represented by Attorney General Joel Ruechel (pronounced “Rickle”) and Ries’ attorney Ronald D. Wood of the Wood in Show Low law firm. The matter was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. but didn’t start until 11:40 a.m. as Wood was late according to court gossip in Snowflake.
Ries appeared in casual business clothes, trousers, and a polo shirt. He is a lean, fit man and seems to take a lot of effort. Judge Hatch began changing the opposition procedure and Ries answered the court’s questions in a strong voice: “Yes, your honor.” Prosecutor Ruechel explained what the state’s evidence would be, namely that Ries endangered a minor by allowing the drunken Bowers to drive both Ries and the child from Greer. Ries said the prosecution’s recitation of the evening’s events “pretty much went to a T.” pass. Hatch asked Ries at close quarters if he knew the arbor was drunk, and Ries said he hadn’t.
At that moment, Defense Attorney Wood reminded the judge that Bowers was also charged and that Bowers had been to Hatch’s court a number of times, and it is clear, Wood suggested that Bowers’ natural behavior is similar to that of a drunk. That was hard to imagine, but in the end the judge found a “factual basis” for Ries’ guilty plea because Ries knew Bowers had been drinking and asked him to drive Ries and the child, and that means reckless endangerment, the judge concluded .
The parties have not imposed a jail sentence, a fine of $ 500, and an intense three-year probationary period. Under the criminal law, Reis could spend up to a year in the county jail and not in prison. But that and other probation requirements are up to the judge. If Ries gets in more trouble after that, he’s off parole on two felony cases, and with Ries’ story, years of imprisonment are almost a certainty.
The Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Since Ries has a professional license, both his professional and personal actions can be checked by a regulatory authority. in this case the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The board got wind of Ries’ problems and held a hearing on March 31st on whether they would initiate formal disciplinary proceedings against him. Ries has a reputation for being a skilled chiropractor, and it appears that he also has very good judgment when it comes to hiring lawyers.
In relation to the Chamber’s proceedings, Ries was represented by David G. Derickson by David G. Derickson, PC, who is believed to have served as a judge on Maricopa County Superior Court during his 51 years as an attorney in Arizona. Defense attorney Wood is known in the Supreme Courts for being able to pull a rabbit out of his hat from time to time on behalf of his clients.
The eloquent Derickson began his presentation by telling the board that he knew many alcoholics and that, in his view, alcoholics have a “life problem” at the heart of the alcohol problem. Ries’ life problem revolved around an unfortunate union with the mother of his children, and that problem has been resolved, Derickson told the board. He noted that there are no patient complaints against Ries and that Ries did not drive drunk in February 2020.
The board appeared to agree with Ries and voted not to make a formal complaint, despite one board member objecting because that member clearly felt that Ries had a problem with relapse. Instead, the board will place Ries on parole on the same terms as his current parole from the October 2018 incident and the conditions Judge Hatch is expected to impose following the February 2020 incident.
The sentencing is scheduled for July 1st.