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COURT SUMMARY

• Aaron Pratt, 33, of Rough and Ready, pleaded no contest Aug. 20 to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The charge stems from a March 9 arrest, when he allegedly stabbed an acquaintance through a vehicle window after an altercation with the man’s girlfriend.

A trial that was scheduled to begin Tuesday was canceled, and a Nov. 8 sentencing date was set.

• The case against Jason Scott Wilkison, 34, of Grass Valley, was dropped, because he was indicted in federal court for two of the same charges he faced locally.



Wilkison was arrested on Feb. 6 with Harmony Anne Blake, who has since pleaded no contest to the charges against her and was sentenced. Locally, Wilkison faced charges of child abuse, possession of a destructive device, being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegal manufacturing of weapons.

In federal court, he will face charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon who attempted to buy a firearm.




• Patrick O’Ryan Kelley, 18, of Grass Valley, pleaded no contest Aug. 19 to misdemeanor charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is no more than three years younger than him, and battery. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23.

• Dale Traylor, 42, of Penn Valley, pleaded innocent Aug. 19 to a charge of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 9-year-old.

On April 10, Tyler Lason was riding his small Honda motorcycle near his home on Creek View Drive, while Traylor was heading in the opposite direction on the same side of the road as the boy. At the crest of the hill, the two collided, killing Lason.

According to a California Highway patrol report, Traylor was responsible in the crash and his driving might have been influenced by alcohol – though his blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit.

A Sept. 23 felony conference has been scheduled.

• Daniel Gordon, 25, of Nevada City, pleaded innocent Aug. 20 to a charge of burglary, which stems from a May 21 arrest. A Sept. 24 pre-trial conference has been scheduled.

• Lani Brooke Peterson and Jeffrey Lee Warren, of Penn Valley, pleaded no contest Aug. 23 to drug-related charges against them. In a plea deal with prosecutors, several other drug charges were dropped, and a trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 31, was canceled. Warren pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance for sale, and Peterson pleaded no contest to opening a place to sell drugs.

The charges stem from a March 31 arrest, when investigators raided Warren’s home on Long Valley Road. An Oct. 4 sentencing has been scheduled.

• Nathan Gilbert, of Nevada City, was sentenced Aug. 20 to six years in prison for seven charges of burglary and one charge of bring drugs or alcohol into a jail. The charges stemmed from several different cases against him. In a plea deal with prosecutors, several other burglary- and drug-related charges were dropped.

The sentence was ordered to be held over, pending Gilbert’s completion of a state rehabilitation program.

• Leland F. Buffington, 56, pleaded innocent Aug. 23 to driving under the influence resulting in bodily injury. A jury trial has been scheduled for him Dec. 14, with a trial readiness conference Dec. 10.

Buffington allegedly ran over a 23-year-old woman and her 5-month-old daughter as they walked with the woman’s husband and young son May 18 on Sutton Way.

According to the Grass Valley Police Department, Buffington’s pickup jumped a curb and hit the young mother and daughter, but missed the other two.

– Roman Gokhman


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