Grass Valley T-Mobile robber sentenced to almost 4 years |

Grass Valley T-Mobile robber sentenced to almost 4 years

Darren Henderson

The Nevada County judge urged Darren Henderson to take classes offered in prison while serving his sentence for robbing the Grass Valley T-Mobile.

Henderson, 18, was sentenced Friday to three years and eight months for his role in the Oct. 4 robbery of the Nevada City Highway store. Arrested that day after his vehicle wrecked while fleeing the scene, Henderson later pleaded no contest to robbery and evading police.

His codefendant — 18-year-old Damiya Jones — pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery and evading police. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

A prosecutor on Friday argued to Judge Candace Heidelberger that Henderson should serve five years and eight months. His defense attorney asked for probation.

“First and foremost, I would just like to apologize to the court and victims,” Henderson said. “I know I can’t take these actions back, but I did learn from them.”

Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh called Henderson’s actions serious, significant and aggravated. He argued that Henderson and his cohorts drove from Sacramento to rob the T-Mobile.

“They chose this T-Mobile location,” Grubaugh said. “They chose Grass Valley.”

Deputy Public Defender Micah Pierce, who represents Henderson, told the judge he considered probation an appropriate sentence. His client waived a court hearing and quickly entered his plea.

“He has family support, strong family support, and he’s looking at alternative places to live,” Pierce said.

Heidelberger — who’d ordered a diagnostic evaluation for Henderson, citing his age as one reason — instead opted for the almost four-year sentence.

“These are very difficult cases,” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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