Nevada County burglary suspect fails to appear in court, judge issues arrest warrant |

Nevada County burglary suspect fails to appear in court, judge issues arrest warrant

Michael Kent Sturgell

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.

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.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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