Former Nevada County correctional officer pleads guilty in inmate assault case |

Former Nevada County correctional officer pleads guilty in inmate assault case

Adam Grizzell, a Nevada County correctional officer accused of assaulting an inmate in 2018, pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to probation, authorities said.

The plea means Grizzell, who had a civil lawsuit filed against him in a similar but unrelated incident, can never again work in law enforcement, officials said.

Grizzell pleaded to assault by a public officer. Nevada County Superior Court Judge B. Scott Thomsen sentenced him to two years’ probation, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said.

Grizzell had no plea agreement with prosecutors, Walsh added.

“That was completely up to the judge,” he said of the sentence.

Prosecutors had earlier dismissed a misdemeanor count of simple battery because a conviction on both misdemeanors wouldn’t yield any additional punishment, Walsh said.

According to a release, Grizzell on June 27, 2018, slammed the head of a handcuffed inmate into a wall. The inmate faced no serious injuries.

Grizzell was placed on administrative leave with pay that day, authorities have said. He resigned June 19, 2019, sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Trygg said in an email.

Walsh said Grizzell is in the process of moving out of state.

“While the vast majority of law enforcement in Nevada County are exemplary professionals, who are dedicated to upholding the law, this prosecution and conviction also shows that no one is above the law,” Walsh said in a news release.

The assault that resulted in Grizzell’s guilty plea is similar to a January 2018 incident that led to a civil lawsuit against the former correctional officer.

Grizzell faced no criminal charges in the incident involving Christopher Howie, though he, the Sheriff’s Office, California Forensic Medical Group and others were defendants in a civil suit filed by Howie.

Both sides settled the suit last year for what Howie’s attorney called a “substantial monetary payment.”

To contact City Editor Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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