Court Summary |

Court Summary

•Jesse L. Candelaria, of Grass Valley, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges of inflicting corporal injury to his girlfriend, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. 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 in the attack.

• Terry Pettigrew, 22, pleaded no contest Aug. 8 to one count of robbery. In a plea deal with prosecutors, other charges of burglary, grand theft, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm will be dropped at his sentencing, scheduled for today.

Pettigrew and alleged accomplice Mark Bowden are accused of a Jan. 27 home invasion in Alta Sierra, where they reportedly hit a man over the head with a golf club and robbed him at gunpoint.

The suspects were caught in separate manhunts in the days following the home invasion. Pettigrew’s Tuesday trial has been canceled, while Bowden’s has not.

• Kimberly Oxarart, 43, of Grass Valley, pleaded no contest Aug. 5 to one count of possession of methamphetamine for sale. In a plea deal with prosecutors, other charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and child endangerment will be dropped at her sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 12.

Oxarart was arrested May 12 for allegedly running a meth sales operation at her home, where she was taking care of her 15-year-old mentally and physically challenged son, according to authorities.

• Sonja Marlene Gentry, 36; Joseph Grondona McCarty, 30; and Dustin Mitchell, 32, pleaded innocent Aug. 5 to several drug-related charges against them, stemming from a search of their downtown Grass Valley apartment.

Grass Valley police found an underground methamphetamine lab while searching the apartment, on the 400 block of Neal Street, on July 29 in connection with a June 29 burglary of a museum at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center.

In addition to more of the museum’s property, and the meth lab, more than one pound of marijuana and a large amount of property was found that is believed to have been stolen from somewhere else, according to police.

Gentry pleaded innocent to possession of stolen property and manufacturing a controlled substance. McCarty pleaded innocent to burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property and altering an identification number on a piece of property. Mitchell pleaded innocent to manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana for sale.

• Brandon Edward Kuhner, 19, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Aug. 6 for charges stemming from two cases against him. In the first case, from a Feb. 1 arrest, he was sentenced to 50 days in jail and three years of probation. He shoplifted from a store and then threatened an employee on his way out.

In the second case, stemming from a May 25 arrest, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and one year probation. At that time, he allegedly attacked a man with a baseball bat and then a knife.

• Darryl Wayne Skelton, 36, of Grass Valley, pleaded innocent Aug. 6 to charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, stemming from a May 10 arrest.

An Oct. 29 trial readiness conference and Nov. 9 three-day jury trial have been scheduled.

• Steven Ray Krootzko, 51, of Nevada City, was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of probation, for charges of transporting a controlled substance and driving under the influence. In a plea deal with prosecutors, another DUI charge was dropped. He was arrested May 31.

• Shawn Michelle Strong, 27, of Grass Valley, was sentenced to drug court, for a charge of possession of a controlled substance, which stemmed from a June 8 arrest.

• Roy Richard Ricoli, 28, of Penn Valley, was sentenced Aug. 9 to 96 days in jail, three years of probation and nine months in a drug treatment program. He had pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

– Roman Gokhman

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