Carjacking suspect James Jerold Zinola-Young pleads no contest
A man accused of carjacking his victim at gunpoint from a Nevada County home opted this week to plead no contest to the accusations and is expected to receive a sentence of over 11 years, authorities said.
James Jerold Zinola-Young, 24, was set for trial next week. On Monday he pleaded to charges of carjacking with personal use of a deadly weapon and criminal threats, which stopped his pending trial. As part of the deal prosecutors dismissed charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment by violence, said Chris Walsh, assistant district attorney.
The plea deal calls for a sentence of 11 years and 4 months, Walsh added.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 11, court records state.
“It’s a stipulated sentence,” Walsh said. “That is what he’s going to receive. I feel like it’s appropriate. I feel like it’s a strong resolution given the nature of this case.”
Defense attorney Kenneth Tribby declined to comment.
Michael Toney testified that Zinola-Young carjacked him Dec. 22, outside the Highway 20 home of Layla Callahan, over a disagreement about marijuana.
Callahan, facing torture and kidnapping charges in an unrelated incident, has no charges in the Zinola-Young case.
According to Toney, Zinola-Young pistol whipped him, threatened his life and then kidnapped him. Toney escaped near You Bet Road and Jokers Wild Lane. He ran through some woods until he found a home and used its phone.
Authorities arrested Zinola-Young several weeks later.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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