Nye County Sheriff Stands Up for Crime Victims


November 8, 2017  ***MEDIA ADVISORY***


Nye County Sheriff  Stands Up for Crime Victims

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly has joined colleagues from across Nevada in support of Marsy’s Law. Sheriff Wehrly oversees law enforcement efforts covering sixteen-thousand square miles in Nye County, and has spent much of her career working to protect others.

Wehrly devoted 25 years to the United States Department of Energy via Wackenhut Services, Incorporated, providing safeguards and security for property and nuclear assets.  Her responsibilities included managing computer security units, Security Police, counterintelligence, operations security, conducting threat assessments, training tactical response and operations plans. Following her career with the Department of Energy, Wehrly was hired at Bechtel Nevada in the Emergency Management field, assigned to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, focused on emergency management.

Wehrly ran for office and was elected to serve as Sheriff of Nye County in 2014. We applaud Sheriff Wehrly for her distinguished career in Nye County.  Her endorsement of Marsy’s Law for Nevada demonstrates her dedication to all citizens, and her consideration for victims of crime.

Once approved by citizens, this measure will guarantee that victims of crime receive guaranteed rights and a voice through the judicial process.  Marsy’s Law has secured two consecutive approvals from Nevada lawmakers in 2015 and 2017.  Residents of Nevada will vote on the ballot question in November 2018.


Equal Rights for Nevada Crime Victims.  It’s just fair.



Marsy’s Law would ensure the:

* Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims

* Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process

* Right to be protected from the defendant

* Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case

* Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case

* Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case

* Right to full and timely restitution


History of Marsy’s Law

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983.  A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail.  Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in California, Illinois, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 

Marsy’s Law Approval 

Marsy’s Law/Senate Joint Resolution 17 was first approved by Nevada state lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required by Nevada law for a constitutional amendment.  Marsy’s Law for Nevada will now go to a vote of Nevada residents in 2018 as a ballot question.