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Suspect pleads no contest in weapons case

A mental health client who caused consternation last spring by bringing a gun to the Nevada County Department of Behavioral Health Services is scheduled to be sentenced next month after entering a plea bargain.

Darryl K. Clayton, 37, pleaded no contest Thursday to three misdemeanors – exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner, illegal firearm possession and resisting arrest. Clayton’s sentencing is Nov. 7.

The Nevada City-area man had faced felonies, but his mental health was a “mitigating factor,” District Attorney Mike Ferguson said Friday.

Under the plea agreement, Ferguson said, Clayton will be on put on formal probation, but won’t receive added jail time. The convictions will also require he own no guns for 10 years.

Ferguson said Clayton has 20-plus guns, which will be forfeited or sold at auction. The prosecutor said that Clayton’s firearm possession conviction was for having guns after a prior mental health inpatient commitment.

Clayton’s lawyer, Public Defender Thomas Anderson, couldn’t be reached for comment.

On April 11, Clayton was arrested at Behavioral Health after he stormed away from a crisis worker who recommended he be held for a 72-hour evaluation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. An unloaded gun was found in his vehicle.

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