Nevada County burglary suspect fails to appear in court, judge issues arrest warrant
March 16, 2018
A 71-year-old Oroville man facing a burglary charge in Nevada County failed to appear in court on Thursday, leading a judge to issue an arrest warrant for him, Superior Court records state.
Michael Kent Sturgell, accused in the theft of firearms, was set to formally enter a plea in his case. Deputy District Attorney James Morris said he'd offered a plea deal that would have led to a two-year jail sentence or probation.
"He was supposed to show up and agree to that or say 'No,'" Morris added.
Judge Linda Sloven issued a bench warrant for Sturgell when he failed to appear, the prosecutor said.
Arrested a month ago, Sturgell was held about 10 days on $250,000 in bond before he was released on his own recognizance.
Morris said the judge's arrest warrant would impose a $200,000 bond on Sturgell. He would then have the option of arguing for a higher bond.
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Authorities have said they linked Sturgell to a Nevada County burglary involving the theft of firearms. Deputies arrested him in Butte County when he tried to pawn some items.
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