– Sentencing for convicted murderer David Burke Jr. has been delayed until March 5. Burke was found guilty in the fatal bludgeoning of James Vannberg at the South Yuba Campground, where they shared a campsite. Burke and accomplice David Leffingwell, who testified against Burke, burned Vannberg’s Jeep and buried him in a shallow roadside grave. Burke was convicted of murder, arson and kidnapping. He faces 30 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
– A three-day jury trial has been scheduled for Roy Allen Montgomery, 32, of Penn Valley. He faces charges of recklessly evading a police officer, resisting an officer and violating a court order. The charges stem from a Nov. 29, 2003, arrest. Montgomery has a 1995 first-degree manslaughter conviction in Washington state.
A Feb. 13 pretrial conference has been scheduled, along with a Feb. 27 trial readiness conference and a March 9 trial.
– Nathan Gilbert, 20, of Nevada City, pleaded innocent Feb. 9 to 14 charges of burglary, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one charge each of possession of known stolen property and bringing alcohol into a jail. The charges stem from several different cases against Gilbert.
His most recent arrest was Nov. 12, 2003, when he reportedly told authorities he took part in burglaries in September, October and November of that year.
A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Feb. 27.
– A six-day jury trial has been scheduled for Jesse L. Candelaria of Grass Valley. He faces charges of inflicting corporal injury on his girlfriend, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and failing to appear in court after being released on his own recognizance.
He was arrested July 3, 2003, on suspicion of beating his girlfriend with a baseball bat. She suffered a broken leg, bruises and head trauma from the reported attack at their Bennett Street residence. A trial readiness conference has been scheduled for March 5, and a hearing for another drug case against Candelaria has also been set for that day. The trial is scheduled for June 2.
– Roman Gokhman
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