Sentencing in Memorial Park assault delayed |

Sentencing in Memorial Park assault delayed

Sentencing was delayed Monday for a Grass Valley man with a reported history of violence, who was arrested in October 2014 after attacking a man at Memorial Park.

Fernando Luis Rodriguez reportedly had been behaving strangely in front of a group that included children. When a woman in the group asked Rodriguez to rein in his behavior, he exploded, reportedly yelling vulgarities and racist comments, then started kicking and punching her car.

Rodriguez allegedly then walked up to a man who also was part of the group and hit him in the face with a can, causing multiple fractures to the man’s face.

He also was facing charges of assault and battery causing serious injury for a June 2014 arrest; those cases were consolidated.

Rodriguez pleaded no contest to two counts of battery causing serious bodily injury and admission of a prior strike offense, in return for a potential six-year prison sentence.

The probation pre-sentence report noted that Rodriguez had an extensive criminal record and a history of aggressive and violent behavior; court records show cases in Nevada County dating back to 1993, including battery in 1995, assault with a deadly weapon in 2003, assault in 2007, theft and burglary cases in 2010 and 2011, and battery and vandalism cases in 2013.

He was to be sentenced in Nevada County Superior Court Monday, but that was postponed until Oct. 26.

Attempted murder suspect formally arraigned

A man charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident in early January was formally arraigned in court Monday.

William “Dale” Carman, 59, pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being a felon in possession of a firearm, arson, criminal threats and attempted criminal threats, in connection with a Jan. 2 incident that reportedly involved Carman and his brother, James “Don” Carman, firing shots at each other.

Dale Carman was on the property off Rex Reservoir and Flying T roads with a gunshot wound to the face and reportedly told a deputy he had broken the window of a trailer and that his brother shot him in the face.

A female victim, Andrea Smith, was found at the trailer with a gunshot wound to the cheek; Don Carman had left the scene.

Don Carman was located later that day and said he had been at the trailer when Dale began pounding on the door and then fired a round into the ground and through the window, hitting Smith. He said he returned fire into the dark with a .22 revolver.

Smith reportedly told a detective that Dale Carman had been at the trailer the day before, and during an argument he shot off a fire extinguisher around the trailer and in her face, then broke her computer.

He had threatened to kill both her and Don, and burn down the trailer. After he left, she noticed that her car had been burned.

Carman’s attorney, Greg Klein, told Judge Candace Heidelberger he was “surprised” the preliminary hearing into the evidence against his client had taken place without the attorneys ever conferencing.

Carman has been offered a plea agreement that would send him to state prison for 15 years, but Klein has asked the prosecutor to consider 12 years instead, citing his age. He will return to court on Nov. 16.

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

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