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Washoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Prepares For Retirement

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A long-time prosecutor in Washoe County is retiring later this month after three decades of public service.

I sat down with Chief Deputy District Attorney, Dan Greco who says he's had a fulfilling and successful career.

"I'm more of a glass is kind of half-full prosecutor," he said. "So, I've always tried to see the strength in every case and that has served me well."

Greco has served the public for almost 30 years, and 21 of them with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office.

"I'm equally proud of all 50 murder cases that I've prosecuted," he said. "Every single victim is important to me."

29 of those cases went to trial, and 28 defendants were found guilty.

One of the most notable cases was 15-year old Juan Castillo being convicted of killing a 12-year old girl who was caught in a gang gun battle in 1995.

"That was a very difficult case because the rival gang fired shots at Castillo and his gang associates before they even drew guns and returned fire," Greco said. "So, it was a difficult case, but we were able to win."

He also helped convict Terry Dennis back in 1999 who lured a woman to his motel room and killed her. He was executed in 2004.

"He was a career criminal from Washington who probably received too lenient treatment there," Greco said. "He'd always fantasized about killing a woman."

He says despite the budget cuts to the D.A.'s office and other agencies, everyone has handled it well.

"There have been severe budget cutbacks in Washoe County, the city of Reno, and the city of Sparks in recent years, but the police agencies and the office still do a great job. We're just doing more with less."

After he retires from a long career, Greco says he plans to spend more time with his wife and 2-year old daughter.

But, never say never, he tells me if a job opportunity really peaks his interest, he may consider coming out of retirement.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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