Additional charges filed in Tassone case
Additional charges have been filed against the man suspected of attacking 78-year-old Mary Grace Tassone outside a Grass Valley church and stealing her car.
Alan Curtis Kierkegaard, 50, has now been charged with attempted homicide with premeditation, kidnapping and carjacking with a special allegation of causing grievous bodily injury to an elderly victim.
Tassone was struck in the head around 5:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church July 5 and wasn’t found until two hours later.
On July 6, Grass Valley Police issued a BOLO for Kierkegaard, aka Alan Sorenson, who reportedly took Tassone’s 2013 gray Honda Accord. Kierkegaard was arrested July 9 after being spotted in the parking lot of the Grass Valley Kmart, and is being held without bail.
Kierkegaard was arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court July 10 and was appointed a defense attorney after the Public Defender’s Office declared a conflict of interest. He deferred entering a plea July 16, and postponed entering a plea again on Thursday.
He is set to return to court Aug. 6.
Tassone’s family continues to provide updates on her condition at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marygracetassone. She has been moved to an acute care rehab facility, said her nephew, Greg Tassone.
On Tuesday, he wrote that she is showing continued improvement and her medical complications from fever/infection have largely subsided.
Her “awake periods” are getting longer each day, he wrote. During these periods she is able to sit up on her own, move her body around, and have limited interactions with family and medical staff.
Although she is still not speaking in general, she is attempting to speak by mouthing certain words during her therapy work.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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