Judge rejects plea agreement in Grass Valley date-robbery case
March 13, 2013
A Nevada County Superior Court judge set aside a plea agreement for an Olivehurst woman who allegedly set up a Craigslist date with a local man in order to rob him, and she entered a new plea that could send her to prison for two years.
Debbie Delois Pristavec, aka Debbie Sutton, was arrested in July 2012 after she allegedly lured the 64-year-old man out on a "date," then robbed him at knifepoint in a parking lot with the help of a man and a 17-year-old boy.
The man told officers that he was on a "date" with the woman, whom he only knew as "Debbie," which had stemmed from a Craigslist ad.
The victim allegedly fought with the suspects, striking one on the head with a bottle, before they fled in a vehicle.
He was able to provide a description of the vehicle, and it was soon stopped on Highway 20 near Squirrel Creek Road by a Nevada County Sheriff's deputy with the help of the California Highway Patrol. Officers allegedly located the victim's missing cash — about $250 — but did not find the wallet or the knife.
The suspects allegedly had originally planned to conduct a home invasion against the victim while he slept but decided to rob the victim by force instead. The suspects published an ad on Craigslist to lure men into a date with Pristavec with the intent of robbing victims.
In November, Pristavec had pleaded no contest to robbery in return for a plea agreement of one year in jail and five years probation; a criminal conspiracy charge was to be dismissed, and her sentencing was set for Monday.
But Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson set aside the plea that she had entered, and Pristavec then entered a new plea of no contest to second-degree robbery in return for a sentence of two years in prison. She was warned that this was a strike offense and indicated she understood. Her sentencing was re-scheduled for April 22.
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