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Courts: McDonough, Depue and Salas cases coming up

Staff Writer

Several notable criminal cases will have hearings in Nevada County Superior court in the coming week.

Santos Delgado, a North San Juan man who was arrested in May on suspicion of assaulting his son and attempting to murder him, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Nevada County Superior Court.

“As the investigation ensued, the seriousness (of the case) turned out to be less than what law enforcement officers had originally believed,” Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Francis told The Union last month.

Judge Robert Tamietti wanted the facts of the case to be investigated further, Jody Schutz of the Public Defender’s Office added.

“Originally, the charge was attempted murder, but now the facts show a different thing,” Schutz said.

Clifford McDonough, a Grass Valley-area transient who allegedly beat another Grass Valley man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife, will appear in court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for a trial readiness conference, according to court records.

Donald Sullivan died of blunt force trauma in at the Sutter Roseville Medical Center the day after the October 2007 assault took place. Forensic pathologist Dr. Don Henrikson of Placer County, who did Sullivan’s autopsy, told the court in February that Sullivan suffered a broken sternum, 10 broken ribs, a broken eye socket, a broken neck bone, a broken lower jaw, a broken nose and three broken vertebrae.

Judge Robert Tamietti ruled that McDonough will stand trial for second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, felony domestic violence with great bodily injury and misdemeanor battery.

In another case, Dwight DePue, a Nevada City man accused of shooting up his ex-wife’s house in May during the course of a divorce from her, will review a pre-sentence report at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

DePue is accused of firing at the disabled woman’s motorcycle with a shotgun and vandalizing her home in Grass Valley. He denied 11 misdemeanor and felony charges, including discharging a firearm at a dwelling, drunken driving, resisting arrest and battery on a nurse. DePue allegedly assaulted a nurse who was drawing his blood at the hospital, according to Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips.

In a fourth case, Ronald Salas and his wife, Sandra Salas, owners of the now-defunct Cabinetry Solutions in Grass Valley, will appear in court at 1 p.m. Friday for a felony conference.

The Salases pleaded not guilty to charges of diversion of construction funds at an arraignment last month. They also pleaded not guilty to taking more than $1,000 or 10 percent of their contract amount from clients, prosecutors said.


To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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