Adams takes plea in global resolution of 8 cases in Nevada County court
A Nevada City man has taken a plea agreement in Nevada County Superior Court on four felonies and four misdemeanors that could net him nearly five years in jail.
Samuel Adams had eight open cases and multiple failures to appear, including six arrests in nine months.
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.
In the first case, he was charged with obliterating identifying information on a firearm, possessing a controlled substance, trespassing and possessing altered property; he pleaded no contest to one count of obliterating identifying information on a firearm on July 31.
In the second case, he was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and has pleaded no contest to one count of possessing a controlled substance.
A misdemeanor domestic violence case was filed against Adams on Dec. 5; that misdemeanor will be dismissed at sentencing.
Adams was arrested in early January after a traffic stop reportedly uncovered a methamphetamine pipe and a baggie with suspected meth and several hypodermic needles, one of which was loaded with suspected meth. A felony case was filed, charging him with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended license. He pleaded no contest to possessing a controlled substance.
He was arrested again on Jan. 24, reportedly for driving on a suspended license, and a misdemeanor case was filed. That case will also be dismissed.
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, a syringe loaded with suspected methamphetamine, 2.5 grams of meth, a scale, multiple syringes and pipes.
He was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance while armed, violating a restraining order, possessing a firearm while under a restraining order, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He pleaded no contest to one count of possessing a controlled substance while armed.
On March 5, Adams was arrested after yet another probation search when deputies reportedly found drug paraphernalia; that case was dismissed, however, because there were a number of other people present at the residence.
On April 10, he was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license; that case was subsequently dismissed. On April 30, Adams was arrested during a probation search after reportedly being found with drug paraphernalia including needles and spoons and suspected human growth hormone, and was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Those charges were dismissed.
During a court appearance on May 1, Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson called Adams a “one-man crime spree,” noting that he had failed to appear in court March 6 and then committed subsequent offenses. No mention was made of his arrest the day prior, however.
Court records show at least three more failures to appear in May and June; Adams was denied admission to drug court in mid-July.
Adams pleaded no contest to one count in each of his four felony cases on July 31, with three years probation and a maximum of 365 days in jail in each case for a possible four years in county jail, said Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong. He also pleaded no contest to two violations of probation in return for 180 days in each case, Pong said. He must serve 180 days and then could apply for a six-month residential treatment program on those misdemeanors.
The other two misdemeanor cases would be dismissed “in the interest of justice,” Pong said.
Adams is set for sentencing on Sept. 15.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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