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While imprisoned in Texas, a former Grass Valley woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a Glenbrook Basin tire store pleaded no contest Dec. 17 in Nevada County.

Tammy Sue DiPietro, 26, entered the plea through the mail, and her Grass Valley lawyer presented the documents.

She also won’t be here for sentencing Jan. 28, Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips said. He said her plea deal calls for a three-year prison term, which she’ll serve concurrently with a four-year term in Texas.



In Nevada County, DiPietro is accused of embezzling “in the ball park of $50,000,” Phillips said, from Grass Valley Goodyear and Tire between September 2001 and last February.

In Hidalgo County, Texas, a prosecutor said DiPietro was indicted in 1997 on one theft count and five counts of check forgery, accusing her of embezzling $126,000 over four to six months from Bell Farms, a produce grower near the Mexican border.




In other cases:

— David J. Gonsalves, 40, of Nevada City was sentenced Dec. 9 to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation for marijuana possession for sales in the Historic Five-Mile House on Harmony Ridge. His probation requires adhering to county medical marijuana guidelines.

Deputies came upon several dozen pot plants inside the Highway 20 landmark when responding to a shooting report. Gonsalves’ co-defendant earlier received probation and jail time. A defense lawyer in the case said the crop served seven marijuana-using patients.

— Abraham N. Harris, 22, and Steve Jaramillo, 28, each pleaded no contest Dec. 12 to marijuana possession for sales. Sentencing is Jan. 14. The pair were arrested after deputies found dozens of pot plants at a home near Lime Kiln Road while responding to a static-filled 911 call.

— Christina A. Jackson, 28, pleaded innocent Dec. 16 to methamphetamine possession, transporting meth, paraphernalia possession and giving police false information. Grass Valley police arrested her after a Dec. 12 traffic stop.

— Brent J. Garcia, 40, of Grass Valley was sentenced Dec. 2 to six years in prison for lewd acts with a child under 14. His conviction stemmed from a March incident with a girl; he was originally charged for incidents with two girls.

– Doug Mattson


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