Nevada County man sentenced in string of burglaries, vehicle thefts |

Nevada County man sentenced in string of burglaries, vehicle thefts

A man facing multiple charges of burglary, vehicle theft, transporting marijuana, possessing stolen property, and possession of an eclectic array of weapons was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison.

Joshua David Packard had multiple open criminal cases dating back to January 2015 before taking a plea agreement that also included any pending cases that had yet to be filed.

He was arrested in February 2015 after he reportedly stole a vehicle and items including an air rifle and assorted gemstones, from a residence on Purdon Road.

In March 2015, Packard was arrested in connection with a burglary and the theft of two cars after reportedly forcing entry to a residence in Alta Sierra and stealing multiple items.

In November 2015, he was arrested after reportedly being found with weapons and a stolen truck. He was arrested again later that month, in connection with a pair of burglaries at the North Star Mine property. His latest arrest came Jan. 11, after he was reportedly found with stolen mail and items from earlier burglaries.

Packard also had four pending misdemeanor cases stemming from arrests in August and September 2015, for prowling, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and nunchakus.

Packard pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree residential burglary, two counts of vehicle theft and one count of second-degree commercial burglary. The plea agreement included three years parole and two new strike-prior convictions.

On Monday, Packard was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger to seven years and four months in prison, after she denied probation.

Packard asked for drug treatment, said Deputy District Attorney James Phillips. Heidelberger denied that request due to his extensive pattern of crimes, including two prior felony convictions, but told Packard she hopes he would take advantage of a drug treatment program when he gets out of prison.

“He seemed remorseful,” Phillips said. “He thanked (me) for giving him a fair offer and said he knows he deserves at least this much time for what he did.

“I don’t know what his ultimate exposure would have been if he had been convicted of all the charges, but I quit counting after 20 years.”

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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