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July 10, 2014
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Man arrested with pot, cocaine takes plea agreement


A Rough and Ready man arrested in December after a traffic stop uncovered marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle took a plea agreement in court Thursday that could net him as much as a year in jail.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol near Rough and Ready Highway and Bitney Springs Road after midnight noticed a passenger in a vehicle behaving suspiciously. The deputy made a traffic stop and on approaching, noted a strong odor of marijuana. A search reportedly uncovered 5 grams of cocaine, 3 grams of amphetamine, 18 grams of marijuana and a small amount of Valium.

The driver’s cell phone reportedly had text messages concerning drug sales.

Kyle Thibodeau, 19, had been charged with transporting a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded bo contest to the third charge in Nevada County Superior Court and could received between 150 and 365 days. He was set for sentencing Sept. 5.

In other court news:

— The suspect in a shooting that injured a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger and a California Highway Patrol officer deferred entering a plea in Nevada County Superior Court.

Brent Douglas Cole, 60, will be tried on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.

Cole is currently being held in county jail without bail and is set to return to court Aug. 7.

The June 14 shoot-out near Edwards Crossing on the South Yuba River reportedly started after CHP officers received a request from BLM personnel to assist with an investigation involving vehicles in the campground area.

CHP Officer Brent Hardin and the BLM ranger, who has not been identified, headed to a makeshift campsite area off North Bloomfield Road. They reportedly were confronted by Cole and a gun battle ensued. Hardin was treated for minor leg injuries related to gunfire, and the BLM ranger was treated for a reported gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Cole had been airlifted to a Roseville hospital for multiple gunshot wounds. He was discharged to Placer County Jail and subsequently transferred to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

— A motion to consolidate the cases of the three remaining defendants in a home invasion robbery was granted.

Five youths were arrested in the Dec. 6, 2013, robbery, in which a 73-year-old Grass Valley man was beaten and tied up by three young men who knocked on his door and asked him if they could make an out-of-town phone call.

The victim was struck in the face and head by an unidentified weapon and left bound and bleeding on the floor while the trio ransacked and stole several items from the residence before fleeing in his truck. One suspect drove the group away from the victim’s home, three committed the actual assault and burglary of the residence, and the fifth suspect alerted the co-conspirators by phone that the victim was home and ready to rob.

Elliott Roberts, 17, is being tried as an adult. He has been charged with first-degree residential burglary, second-degree robbery and criminal conspiracy and has pleaded not guilty.

Tyler Leal, 17, also has been charged as an adult. He has pleaded not guilty to home invasion robbery, first-degree residential burglary with a person present, criminal conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

Austin Michael Wallace, 17, has been charged as an adult with home invasion robbery, first-degree residential burglary, criminal conspiracy and being an accessory after the fact and has pleaded no contest.

All three pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and are set to return for a felony conference July 24.

Two of the five charged in the case have taken plea agreements. Billy Mecredy, 19, pleaded no contest to robbery in return for a five-year prison sentence and three years parole or post-release community supervision; he is set to be sentenced Aug. 4. Devin Matthew Thomas, 18, has pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to commit residential burglary. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on July 17 and most likely be sentenced to one year.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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