Co-defendant in assault weapon case takes plea
A woman charged as a co-defendant in a case dating back to January 2013 that involves assault weapons and drugs took a plea agreement in court Tuesday that will net her 150 days in jail.
Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies had served a search warrant at a residence in the 25000 block of North Bloomfield-Graniteville Road on Jan. 2, 2013, reportedly finding an SKS assault rifle and a Sten submachine gun, ammunition, 3 grams of methamphetamine and a half-pound of processed marijuana.
They also allegedly found two stolen motorcycles and stolen tires.
Boy James Wilkinson, 49, was arrested and subsequently charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, being a felon in possession of ammunition, two counts of vehicle theft, one count of possessing stolen property, one count of possession of a controlled substance while armed, one count of possession of marijuana for sale, one count of selling or transporting marijuana, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
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In August 2013, Debra Aho was added as a co-defendant in that case and charged with two counts of vehicle theft, one count of possessing stolen property, one count of possession of marijuana for sale, one count of selling or transporting marijuana, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Aho failed to appear for a court date in September 2013 and a $25,000 bench warrant was issued.
She was arrested on Nov. 3 of this year and a preliminary hearing into the evidence against her was set in Nevada County Superior Court Tuesday.
But instead, Aho pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance and a felony count of failing to appear on her own recognizance.
She also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of possessing metal knuckles, in a separate case dating back to August 2013, in return for 150 days in jail. She was set for sentencing on Dec. 22.
Wilkinson also had failed to appear for a September 2013 court date, and a $75,000 warrant was issued. He was arrested in March 2014, and subsequently pleaded no contest to unlawfully possessing a machine gun, being a felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft and possessing a controlled substance while armed, for a total of four years.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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