Posted on January 12th, 2019
In his younger days, Bob Lee conquered continents. But as the 84-year-old Nevadan shuffled slowly to the podium in a federal courtroom Wednesday, his vitality seemed as lifeless as the big game he used to fell.
Lee, a safari guide, conservationist and outfitter, was sentenced for grabbing the breast of a paramedic who accompanied him on a medical flight to the Mayo Clinic in September 2010. When she complained, he told her: “I can do whatever I want. This is my airplane.”
U.S. Chief Magistrate Arthur Boylan told Lee when he sentenced him that there was no excuse – not old age, not infirmity, not dementia – for the crime Lee committed.
“It’s arrogant, it’s repugnant, and it’s offensive, period,” Boylan told Lee.
Lee pleaded guilty in July to a single misdemeanor count of assault and could have faced up to six months in jail. Boylan accepted a sentence that both sides negotiated: Lee will be on probation for 180 days, pay a $5,000 fine and at least $431 in restitution, and write a letter of apology to the paramedic and nurse he assaulted and threatened aboard his Gulfstream Aerospace G-1159A.
He must spend 30 days of his probation on home detention. In his case, home is a 6,091-square-foot, $1.2 million residence on 10.2 acres with its own lake about seven miles south of downtown Reno. He also owns a $25 million mansion on an island on Flathead Lake in Montana.
In fact, he owns the island.
Lee also was ordered to serve 60 hours of community service with the Nevada Humane Society.