Grass Valley man sentenced to 120 days in drugs, weapons case |

Grass Valley man sentenced to 120 days in drugs, weapons case

Giulio Giammarco

A Grass Valley man facing drugs and weapons charges after a February 2015 arrest was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years probation Monday, after pleading no contest to a felony count of maintaining a place for the sale or use of a controlled substance.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force searched the home of John Richard Abas in the 10000 block of Alta Street, and reportedly located 19 guns, four of which were loaded, and with some next to Abas’ bed. They also reportedly located a factory silencer, which is illegal to possess. The deputies reportedly found meth, as well as digital scales and ziplock baggies.

Abas was charged with possessing a controlled substance for sale, possessing a controlled substance while armed, keeping a place for the sale of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of a silencer.

Abas will be allowed to apply for alternative sentencing, and will be subject to search and seizure terms. As part of the plea agreement, if Abas stays on good probation terms for a year, he can withdraw his felony plea and plead to a misdemeanor charge.

His guns — which his attorney characterized as including many heirlooms — will be returned to him either after his felony is reduced to a misdemeanor, or after the three years probation. The silencer will be returned as well, if it is disabled by a licensed gun dealer.

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

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User