Gilbert takes plea, 6 years in prison |

Gilbert takes plea, 6 years in prison

A Grass Valley man arrested for the theft of two vehicles in less than a week took a plea agreement in court Thursday that will net him six years in state prison.

Nathan Mathew Gilbert, 30, had stolen a truck in late October from a residence in the 14000 block of Auburn Road.

The owner’s wife reportedly saw the truck and began following Gilbert, who pulled off the road, crashing the truck into a Conex box and fleeing the scene.

On Nov. 3, he was finally arrested after he was seen in a red Mustang that he allegedly stole earlier that day from the 13000 block of Squirrel Creek Road.

In Nevada County Superior Court, Gilbert agreed to plead no contest to first degree residential burglary with a person present in the first incident and admitted to two prior prison sentences in return for a stipulated six years in prison.

He pleaded no contest to vehicle theft in the second case and admitted to a prior strike offense for a potential sentence of two years in prison, to be served concurrently.

Gilbert will be sentenced on Dec. 19; a violation of post-release community supervision was set to be heard Dec. 2.

Family charged with animal neglect in court

A husband, wife and daughter charged with animal cruelty and neglect after a number of animals were seized from their Auburn Road property all were in court Thursday.

Sara Gore faces five felony counts of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of failure to care for an animal.

Charles “Tim” Gore has been charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty. Their daughter, Evelyn Gore, faces one misdemeanor count of failure to care for an animal.

Charles and Evelyn both pleaded not guilty; Sara already had pleaded not guilty in a prior court appearance. All were set to return to court on Dec. 19.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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