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A Grass Valley man who twice assaulted a woman while she was pregnant and also intimidated her to keep her from calling police was sentenced Sept. 9 in Nevada County Superior Court to five years in prison.

Christopher M. Warner, 30, first attacked her Dec. 29, when she was three months pregnant, and again on Feb. 16, when he stuck thumbs in her eyes, kicked her, dragged her by the hair and threatened to rape her, according to Grass Valley police.

Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Kull argued for the five-year term, which she said was the maximum punishment possible.



“Even (Judge Ersel Edwards) agreed this was one of the cruelest cases he’s seen,” Kull said.

Court records show Warner has a 1998 domestic battery conviction from Sparks, Nev.




In other cases:

— Marvin B. Shreve, 36, of Auburn was sentenced Sept. 9 to five years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon.

On Nov. 22, Shreve stabbed with a scissors and threatened to kill another man on Linquenda Lane in the south county, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

— John D. Westlake, 40, of Grass Valley was sentenced Sept. 9 to three years in prison for possession of methamphetamine for sale.

One year of the sentence was for having served a prior prison term, court records say.

He was arrested Feb. 14, 2001.

— Jonathan McCort, 29, of Alta Sierra was sentenced Sept. 9 to three years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine.

But the prison term was suspended, and he was ordered to attend the California Rehabilitation Center, a locked treatment center, after a doctor concluded McCort was either an addict or at risk of becoming one.

McCort and Joseph Beede, 22, were arrested at McCort’s Norlene Way home Feb. 22 soon after making meth. Beede was earlier sentenced to probation, jail and treatment.

— A jury convicted Brian L. Timblin, 38, of Grass Valley of misdemeanor charges of exhibiting a deadly weapon and reckless driving. Sentencing is Oct. 18.

He was arrested April 8 after two women said he caused them to pull onto La Barr Meadows Road and brandished a knife because he was upset about a traffic encounter on Highway 49.

— Jack B. Herrera, 24, of Grass Valley was sentenced Sept. 9 to 300 days in jail and three years’ probation for intimidating a woman whom police say he assaulted Feb. 22, to keep her from reporting the case, and for then failing to appear for his court date. He also must get counseling.

— Vicky L. Symonds, 50, of Coloma was sentenced Sept. 9 to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation for embezzling from Gant Western Inc., a business on Grass Valley Avenue, while working there as a bookkeeper.

— James Kistle, 51, of Grass Valley was sentenced Sept. 9 to 120 days in jail and three years’ probation for misdemeanor assault.

He had been charged with a felony after Grass Valley police say he struck a man with an ax handle April 23 and threatened to kill him during an argument over $80. Kistle must get drug treatment and attend anger-management classes.


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