Robyn Moormeister
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February 5, 2008
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Judge denies lower bail for robbery suspects

A Nevada County judge refused to reduce bail this morning for robbery suspects Ashour Amirkhas and Cameron Sheppard, allegedly involved in a drug deal gone awry in Grass Valley last Friday night.

"An officer found Mr. Sheppard in the act of holding the victim, who's hands were duct-taped, on the floor, face down," Nevada County Superior Court Julie McManus said. "He was holding a shotgun to the victim's head and was in possession of his wallet, jewelry and cell phone. I'm not going to disturb bail at this time."

A handcuffed Sheppard, 22, sitting in court next to Amirkhas, shook his head and widened his eyes when McManus said he had pointed the shotgun at a man's head.

Amirkhas and Sheppard, both of Modesto, are being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail.

They are charged with robbery with a firearm, assault with a firearm, false imprisonment with a firearm and criminal threats with a firearm.

If convicted, they could face a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said.

Read Wednesday's edition of The Union for the full story.

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