Grass Valley man pleads guilty to firearms charge |

Grass Valley man pleads guilty to firearms charge

A Grass Valley man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a firearms charge in federal court in Sacramento on Friday, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Joshua D. Packard was arrested at a relative’s house in Nevada City on April 8 on a parole violation and for evading Grass Valley police officers in a high-speed car chase through residential neighborhoods the day before, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez.

When he was arrested, according to Rodriguez, Packard was caught with a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a loaded magazine for the pistol and a 5″ folding knife.

On April 27, Packard was charged by a federal grand jury with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to federal court documents.

Packard had previous felony convictions in Nevada County for grand theft, forging checks, possessing a controlled substance and evading a peace officer.

The U.S. Attorney’s office credited the success of the case to the cooperation between the Nevada City and Grass Valley police departments, the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

Packard will remain in custody until his sentencing on Aug. 31.

-The Union Staff

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