Plea taken in assault, drug case |

Plea taken in assault, drug case

Timothy Woolley

A man arrested on assault and drug charges in a convoluted case dating back to January took a plea agreement Tuesday in return for a possible sentence of eight years in prison.

Timothy Woolley, 26, initially was arrested at his Gold Cone Drive residence after telling Nevada County sheriff's deputies that his estranged girlfriend had attacked him. She was subsequently contacted and found to have a black eye and bruises and said Woolley had beaten her. During the search of the residence, deputies allegedly uncovered 13 pounds of marijuana and a loaded shotgun.

During that investigation, deputies found a video surveillance system in the house reportedly showing marijuana sales transactions. One of the surveillance tapes also reportedly showed Woolley beating a woman while she was restrained with duct tape.

Deputies reportedly also recovered a cell phone that contained a video of Woolley sexually assaulting a woman while she was passed out or under the influence of a controlled substance.

Woolley had been facing charges of spousal abuse, assault with force likely to produce bodily injury, possession of marijuana for sale, child abuse, torture, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment by violence, sexual penetration by a foreign object while unconscious, rape by use of drugs and sexual battery by restraint.

Woolley's case was set for a preliminary hearing into the evidence against him Tuesday morning in Nevada County Superior Court.

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But he ended up pleading no contest to spousal abuse with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury, a violent and strike offense. He also pleaded no contest to possessing marijuana for sale, with an allegation of committing the felony while armed, sexual battery by restraint and making criminal threats, another strike offense.

Woolley's attorney, Jennifer Granger, made it clear that he was taking a plea pursuant to People v. West without admitting guilt. He would receive eight years for the first count, to be served with only 15 percent credit possible, and is set for sentencing July 21.

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

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