A Cedar Ridge woman convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine avoided a prison sentence at a hearing Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Ina V. Crovo, 47, instead was put on five years’ probation and ordered to serve 300 days in jail, with credit for already serving 222 days. She also must attend drug treatment.

She was arrested in July after narcotics agents found a methamphetamine lab, along with a glass jar allegedly bearing Crovo’s fingerprint. The lab was first discovered in June, during a search for two missing girls who later turned up, according to a Probation Department presentence report.

Crovo, the report says, denied making meth and said she moved the glass jar to keep it from breaking. Cases against Crovo’s two co-defendants are still pending.

In other cases:

— Roberto Cicogni, 27, of Grass Valley was sentenced Nov. 25 to three years’ probation and 270 days in jail for possession of ammunition by a felon.

In February, investigators found handgun bullets in a car Cicogni had driven to a Nevada City gas station. A probation report says Cicogni served time in prison.

— Jayson Z. Echevarrieta, 22, pleaded no contest Tuesday to battery and grand theft, both misdemeanors. He had been charged with felonies, including attempted robbery, after the Sheriff’s Office reported he threatened his boss with a chainsaw to retrieve money he lent the boss.

— Dawn M. Jennings, 23, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Nov. 25 to three years’ probation and 60 days in jail for maintaining a place to manufacture methamphetamine. Arrested in June, her sentence requires attending a year of outpatient treatment.

— Leonard M. Esquer III, 56, of Rough and Ready, pleaded innocent Wednesday to eight felony counts alleging he molested a girl from January 1999 to Nov. 20.

– Doug Mattson

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