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April 6, 2013
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Sex offender gets year in Nevada County jail

A sex offender who had been out of registration compliance for a dozen years pleaded no contest to one count of failure to register and one count of annoying a minor and was sentenced to one year in county jail Friday.

Emillo Agnew was arrested March 19 after he allegedly approached a girl in Grass Valley two mornings in a row and asked her to do some modeling for him in return for $200. The police department identified Agnew, 50, as a sex offender who had last registered with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in 2001.

Agnew’s criminal record includes a conviction for sexual battery in 1999 and two felony robbery convictions.

A warrant had been issued for his arrest in 2001 after he allegedly raped a pregnant woman on the San Juan Ridge, according to The Union’s archives. Charges in the alleged rape could not be refiled due to the statute of limitations.

Agnew reportedly fled the country but returned to Nevada County at some time in the last year.

He was initially arraigned March 21 in Nevada County Superior Court on one count of failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of annoying a minor, but Deputy District Attorney Ray De Jesus amended the charges with four separate counts of failure to register.

According to De Jesus, Agnew took a plea agreement Friday and was sentenced the same day to one year in jail and three years formal probation. He must re-register as a sex offender and must not associate with minors or loiter in areas where minors are likely to congregate. He also must stay away from the victim.

In other court news:

The assailant in a battery and assault case where the victim recently died of natural causes took a plea agreement in court Thursday.

Thomas Leal, had been arrested in connection with the assault against Don Brown at a Grass Valley motel Nov. 26, 2012, and charged with battery causing serious bodily injury with a special allegation of assault with a deadly weapon, as well as a count of assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury.

During a preliminary hearing into the evidence March 7, Brown testified that he was on the patio smoking marijuana when Leal “hopped” a privacy fence, hit him four times with a flashlight and stabbed him in the side. Brown said that he dropped cash and his pipe on the ground during the attack and that Leal took them before fleeing the scene.

Brown testified that he did not seek medical treatment at the time or make a police report. He said he eventually sought medical treatment and was found to have several orbital fractures.

Brown was found dead by his roommate March 19, but because he personally testified during the preliminary hearing with full cross-examination by the defense, Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong chose not to dismiss the case against Leal.

Leal pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft from a person in that case, Pong said. He also pleaded no contest to one count of assault by force likely to inflict bodily injury in a separate case, Pong said. The two sentences will run concurrently for a total of 24 months; because these are not strike offenses, Leal will serve his sentence locally, Pong said.

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


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