Rose pleads no contest to robbery, felony evasion |

Rose pleads no contest to robbery, felony evasion

The second defendant in a South County robbery that led to an hours-long manhunt in mid-June pleaded no contest to robbery and reckless evasion of a peace officer Tuesday.

Jordan Rose, 19, and Corey Locicero, 31, were arrested June 14 after an alleged attempt to burglarize a home.

The victim called 911 to report a burglary in progress on the 17000 block of River Ranch Road after the two men allegedly forced him to the ground, then stole keys to a vehicle and other personal property, before speeding off in a pickup truck.

An investigator with the county District Attorney’s Office spotted the truck and followed it, then tried to stop the vehicle and chased the two men into DarkHorse, a golf course development community off Combie Road.

The suspects then drove onto a fairway, lost control and slid off a green into a bridge abutment, before fleeing toward the neighboring Lake of the Pines gated community. Both men eventually were arrested.

Rose agreed to the no-contest plea in Nevada County Superior Court Tuesday morning, in return for a stipulated sentence of three years and eight months.

He can only receive 15 percent credit for good behavior for the first charge, which also is a strike offense. His driver’s license also will be revoked.

Locicero previously had pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery in return for a stipulated three years in state prison.

He also pleaded no contest to possessing a controlled substance for sale in relation to a drug arrest Feb. 19. He will serve an additional eight months in that case, according to the plea agreement.

Rose and Locicero are set for sentencing Nov. 19.

In other court news

— A Superior Court judge found deputies acted reasonably in arresting Harry Theodore Brown, 40.

Brown had been arrested in March after a sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop involving Brown and another man, who both were riding motorcycles near Alta Street and Ridge Road.

The second man, who was not identified, allegedly made a right turn onto Cedar Way without using a turn signal.

After the deputy stopped the two men, Brown allegedly was determined to be under the influence.

A search uncovered 10 small baggies of methamphetamine in his saddle bag, as well as needles, empty baggies and $1,200 in cash.

Deputy Jeff Martin testified that Brown initially denied being under the influence of meth, then later said he had the meth for personal use and not for sale.

“He said he was just an addict,” Martin said.

Martin testified that Brown had just under 7 grams of meth in the 10 baggies with weights ranging from .5 grams to just under 1 gram per bag.

Brown’s attorney, Greg Klein, argued that Brown was the victim of an illegal stop and search, since he believed he was being detained.

Judge C. Anders Holmer disagreed, ruling that the actions of the deputies were reasonable and denying a motion by Klein to suppress the evidence.

He held Brown to answer on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

He was set to be arraigned Oct. 22.

— A Grass Valley man has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of grand theft after he allegedly stole cash and a truck.

Adam Douglas Gummow, 24, allegedly had taken a 1975 Toyota pickup and about $750 in cash but was arrested after the truck allegedly broke down.

Gummow took a plea agreement and was placed on three years probation and was referred to an alternative treatment court, said Deputy Public Defender Jody Schutz.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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