North San Juan woman takes plea in attempted murder case |

North San Juan woman takes plea in attempted murder case

Martha McCary.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office |

A woman accused of attempted murder has pleaded no contest to criminal threats and assault with a firearm.

Martha McCary, 58, was facing those charges as well as charges of attempted murder and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, in connection with a family dispute gone awry on Oct. 27, 2015.

McCary allegedly fired three shots at Susan Jones with a .32-caliber pistol after a dispute at a residence on the 10000 block of Flume Street in North San Juan.

The shots hit Jones in the abdomen and the arm. She sustained what were reported to be superficial gunshot wounds and opted against medical treatment.

Jones testified during a Dec. 15, 2015 preliminary hearing that McCary ran for a gun and threatened to kill her, during an argument involving an ongoing property dispute. Jones said she heard two shots but didn’t feel a shot hit her. Martha McCary reportedly then dropped the gun and the two women began wrestling on the ground.

McCary was set to go to trial in June, but a doubt was raised about her mental status. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Jane York Punneo suspended proceedings and vacated the trial, appointing a psychiatrist to examine her.

In July, Judge Candace Heidelberger reviewed the report and declared McCary competent.

McCary pleaded to two serious and violent felonies, according to court records, in exchange for a potential sentence of four years to be served in county jail followed by five years probation.

She is set for sentencing on Nov. 14.

Burglary suspect sentenced to four years

The suspect in several December burglaries has been sentenced to four years in prison after taking a plea agreement.

Eric Hayden Geisick was facing charges of second-degree residential burglary, possessing stolen property, being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, resisting arrest, possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and grand theft of a firearm.

Geisick was arrested in December 2015 after Grass Valley police officers had responded to three reports of burglaries in the 2000 block of Ridge Road and adjoining streets; the burglaries included an occupied residence and at least two vehicles, and the items stolen included a purse and debit cards, prescription medications and loose change, five firearms worth more than $5,000 — an AR-15, a semi-automatic handgun, two shotguns and a hunting rifle — as well as high-capacity magazines for the rifle and the handgun and a large amount of ammunition.

Information led detectives to Geisick’s residence on Upper Slate Creek Road, and his mother reportedly told them that he had been in the garage with a handgun just minutes earlier.

The residence was searched, except for a crawl space underneath; a California Highway Patrol K-9 was called in and Geisick then came out of the crawl space.

A bag was found in the crawl space that contained gun magazines, ammunition and a police scanner; searchers also reportedly found the stolen Glock pistol, several debit cards and cell phones.

Geisick’s brother told detectives that he had been in his bedroom, and a search of the room reportedly uncovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin, as well as other stolen items including a loaded Glock magazine.

Geisick pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and grand theft of a firearm, and admitted a strike prior offense stemming from a burglary in 2012.

His potential maximum sentence for those counts would be nine years, noted Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger; his plea agreement called for the four-year prison sentence and three years parole or post-release community supervision.

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

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