Drug charge nets Grass Valley man 4-month sentence | TheUnion.com

Drug charge nets Grass Valley man 4-month sentence

A Grass Valley man once facing several drug and weapons charges was sentenced Friday to four months in jail on a drug accusation.

Derek Knill, 28, likely will spend only a portion of that behind bars, as he has 44 days of credit of time served.

Knill, who in October pleaded no contest to maintaining a place for selling a controlled substance and admitted to having a firearm while maintaining a home to sell drugs, must report Jan. 12 to the Nevada County Jail to serve his sentence. He remains free until then.

After reviewing a pre-sentence report in Knill's case, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Heidelberger sentenced him to 120 days, followed by three years' probation. Knill also must pay $495 in fines.

"I think 120 seems appropriate," the judge said of the jail sentence.

Knill faced a maximum of 180 days.

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Knill's case was one of many linked to Sheriff's Detective Jason Mackey, who penned several search warrants that came under attack by defense attorneys. Mackey faced accusations of dishonesty and lack of integrity, though an internal investigation revealed no wrongdoing.

The charges against Knill and Autumn Pearson, 23, stemmed from an August 2015 search of a Segsworth Way home.

Authorities had said they found suspected heroin and methamphetamine, along with a loaded pistol near a sleeping 2-year-old, when they searched the home.

Pearson in September 2016 pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment. She was sentenced to time served and three years' probation.

Knill originally faced seven charges. A judge dismissed two of them earlier this year. His plea agreement to one charge led prosecutors to dismiss the remainder.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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