UPDATE: Man enters plea to corporal injury, weapons charges; sentenced to probation
UPDATE on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
Devon Cruz in October 2018 pleaded no contest to three felonies: inflicting corporal injury, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a silencer, Nevada County Superior Court records state.
However, a judge reduced the two weapons charges to misdemeanors and indicated that if Cruz successfully completes his probationary sentence, she’d also reduce the corporal injury charge to a misdemeanor, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said in an email.
Walsh added that prosecutors objected to the reduction in charges.
A Grass Valley man accused of having a loaded pistol that qualifies as an assault weapon remained Friday in the Nevada County Jail under $500,000 in bond, authorities said.
Devon German Cruz, 30, faces felony charges of possession of an assault weapon, possession of a silencer, committing a felony while armed, stalking and inflicting corporeal injury. He’s also charged with a misdemeanor failure to appear accusation.
Authorities found Cruz around 10 p.m. Thursday in a 10000-block Matthew Lane home after the residents reported him making threats, sheriff’s Lt. Rob Bringolf said.
“He’d been served with a protective order,” he added.
Deputies responded to the home and found a gun case in a vehicle near the residence. A silencer was on the ground by the car door, Bringolf said.
Officers then searched the area for Cruz, with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, he added.
Deputies learned about an hour into the search Cruz had entered the home’s downstairs to confront someone. They found Cruz inside and arrested him, finding a loaded pistol, Bringolf said.
That pistol has a barrel threaded for a silencer. That design qualifies it as an assault weapon, the lieutenant said.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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