Adams given suspended sentence, drug rehab in multiple cases |

Adams given suspended sentence, drug rehab in multiple cases

Samuel Adams
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A Nevada City man who made headlines in 2014 for racking up multiple felonies and misdemeanors and repeatedly failing to appear in court was given a suspended sentence Friday, provided he does not violate probation again and completes a residential drug treatment program.

Samuel Edward Adams, 30, had been sentenced in mid-September 2014 to 90 days in jail and three years court probation, after taking a plea agreement in a global resolution of four felonies and four misdemeanors that could have netted him nearly five years in jail.

Adams had had eight open cases and multiple failures to appear, with six arrests in nine months.

But he quickly violated probation and was arrested in December for stealing a car and driving it while drunk.

On Friday, after undergoing a 90-day diagnostic evaluation at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Adams pleaded no contest to vehicle theft, driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08. He previously had admitted to multiple probation violations.

Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger noted he had a stipulated plea agreements on the violations in return for a suspended prison sentence of four years and four months. On the December case, she sentenced him to eight months, suspended with his entry into a residential treatment program.

“This is the chance you have,” she told Adams. “You need to make this work … If I see you back here, I’m going to remember that.”

In early November 2013, Adams was arrested twice — once for allegedly burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s residence and then again after deputies reportedly found methamphetamine and cocaine in Adams’ garage, a loaded pistol in his vehicle, as well as hallucinogenic mushrooms and meth.

A misdemeanor domestic violence case was filed against Adams in December 2013. Adams was arrested in early January 2014 after a traffic stop reportedly uncovered a baggie with suspected meth and drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended license.

He was arrested on Jan. 24, 2014, reportedly for driving on a suspended license. Adams was then arrested about a week later during a probation search in which Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies reportedly found a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, as well as a magazine with rounds, 2.5 grams of meth, and drug paraphernalia.

On March 5, 2014, Adams was arrested after another probation search when deputies reportedly found drug paraphernalia.

On April 10, 2014, he was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and on April 30, 2014, he was arrested during a probation search after reportedly being found with drug paraphernalia and suspected human growth hormone.

During a court appearance in May 2014, then-Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson called Adams a “one-man crime spree.”

In late December 2014, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol level of more than .08 percent, vehicle theft, and driving on a suspended license, as well as violating probation in his prior cases.

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

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