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Sinnock gets 32 months in deal

A Grass Valley man facing charges in a half-dozen cases that included two felonies took a plea agreement Thursday in exchange for two years and eight months in state prison.

Brandon Michael Sinnock, 24, had been arrested June 6 and charged with first-degree residential burglary, petty theft, vehicle theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance after allegedly breaking into his father’s home on the 19000 block of Highway 174. He reportedly stole multiple items, including a chain saw, a television, $1,500 in cash from a safe and the keys to his father’s truck, which he also reportedly drove without permission.

He had been arrested a week prior when Grass Valley police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Conaway Avenue after family members reported Sinnock — who was no longer welcome at the residence — had broken into the house — coming in through a window — and was sleeping in a locked bedroom. He was allegedly found asleep on the floor with pills and needles, as well as a cell phone and a wallet allegedly stolen from unlocked vehicles.

In that case, he was charged with first-degree residential burglary, theft of a firearm, petty theft, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.

Court records show 12 separate misdemeanor cases filed against Sinnock dating back to 2007.

In the May case, Sinnock pleaded no contest to the burglary charge in exchange for eight months in prison; his attorney, Greg Klein, noted this was a strike offense.

Sinnock pleaded no contest to vehicle theft in the June case in exchange for a potential sentence of two years, to be served consecutively, for an aggregate term of two years, eight months. He will receive day-for-day credit for time served.

Sinnock also must serve 28 days for a prior case, and probation was to be terminated as unsuccessful.

Day takes plea agreement in theft cases

Another man with a half-dozen open cases also took a plea agreement in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday.

Christopher John Day pleaded no contest to receiving stolen property and petty theft in connection with a December 2012 arrest in which stolen property was located at a homeless encampment off Bennett Street.

A resident of the 500 block of Maryland Drive had reported a residential burglary with a vehicle missing. That vehicle was subsequently located near Kidder Cemetery without its keys and returned to the owner.

Day was detained, and the keys to the vehicle allegedly were found on him. A search warrant for his encampment off Bennett Street was subsequently obtained and officers allegedly found almost all of the stolen property from the Maryland Drive burglary, as well as additional stolen property from other burglaries. Some of the items found included a TV and electronics.

Day also pleaded no contest to two separate petty theft charges, as well as being drunk in public in a third case. Two other misdemeanors were dismissed.

He faces between 180 days and 365 days in jail and is set for sentencing Sept. 20.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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