Two take plea in Grass Valley arrest involving drugs, weapons, burglary tools
Two men who were in a car that was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer, and allegedly found with drugs, weapons, and burglary tools, took plea agreements in court Tuesday.
An officer on patrol saw a Mitsubishi on McKnight Way just before 2 a.m. earlier this month, and pulled it over for having an obscured rear license plate. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana and saw packaged pot in the car.
As the occupants of the car shifted around, the officer reportedly also caught sight of a small handgun on the rear passenger seat.
A search of the car reportedly uncovered drug paraphernalia, including a number of pipes, as well as suspected heroin and methamphetamine — and a clown mask.
Passenger Dylan Hart Walker, 21, reportedly had metal knuckles with a knife blade attached, a handgun with the serial number filed off, ammunition, a large number of shaved keys, and burglary tools.
Walker last made the pages of The Union in September 2015 after reportedly stealing tools from a charter school and then escaping and being detained a second time.
He was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of ammunition, violating probation, driving on a suspended license, possessing stolen property, possessing drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and providing a fake ID, and pleaded no contest to possessing stolen property, being a felon in possession of ammunition and resisting arrest.
Walker, driver Amethyst Elizabeth Inez Neil and fellow passenger James Robert Terry were in Nevada County Superior Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing into the evidence — but Walker and Terry opted to take plea agreements instead.
Walker pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and admitted two separate violations of probation, in return for a prison sentence of two years and eight months. He is set to be sentenced Jan. 6.
Terry, 29, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of possessing burglary tools, as well as admitting to two violations of probation. His potential sentence is 120 days in county jail.
Neil, 25, is facing misdemeanor charges of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle and possessing drug paraphernalia. She was set for a conference on Nov. 14.
Cory Goodrich-Fordyce, 26, also was arrested, but a criminal complaint was not filed against him.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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