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A 48-year-old Nevada City man convicted of beating his wife and violating probation from a prior drug-dealing case was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in Nevada County Superior Court.

David A. Kuttler’s sentence had been suspended from a 1997 conviction for drug sales involving cocaine and marijuana, Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Kull said.



In the domestic violence case, Kuttler shoved his wife into a snowbank outside their home on Feb. 15, 2001, and later threatened to kill her as he hung her over a stairway railing until deputies arrived, according to a Probation Department pre-sentence report.




Kuttler also was accused of cutting trees without a license, and of stealing firewood from a Rattlesnake Road resident on Dec. 1, 2000, while on probation for a similar offense, according to the probation report.

The timber theft charge was dismissed at sentencing.

In other cases:

— David B. Copeland, 35, of Grass Valley was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for annoying a child and failing to register as a sex offender. He received credit for serving one year and 13 days.

Copeland propositioned two boys in separate incidents at a downtown Grass Valley business in 1998, and he also failed to register as a sex offender from his 1990 sexual assault conviction in Mineral County, Nev., according to court records.

— Timothy J. Nielsen, 23, of Nevada City pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of grand theft and single counts of burglary and vehicle theft. His felony conference is Jan. 31.

Nielsen is accused of trying to steal a pickup after loading it with tools, machinery and other items from Art’s Cedar Ridge Gas & Auto Repair on Jan. 18, when a worker caught him while opening the shop, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

— Justin Timothy Lee Allen, 22, of Grass Valley and Zachary N. Newman, 22, of Georgetown each pleaded not guilty Thursday to robbery and assault charges. Their preliminary hearings are set for Feb. 5.

Newman and Allen, also known as Timothy Lee Allen, are accused of punching and kicking an Auburn Street Express Mart worker who caught them stealing sunglasses, according to Grass Valley police.

— Robin L. Ridner, 36, was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to child abandonment, which was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Ridner is accused of abandoning his son, who lives in the Grass Valley area, and accumulating $10,548 in unpaid child support as he worked in other parts of the country. His sentence requires him to pay $400 a month for current support and $100 monthly to pay off arrearages. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended.


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