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Alleged museum bandits arraigned



Museum robbery suspect Jonathan Matis, 41, entered the Mariposa County Superior Court building  around 9:15 on Monday morning. Suspects Edward Rushing III, 40, Matthew Campbell, 43, and Christopher Sheffield, 42, were escorted into the building around the same time Monday.
Erik Skindrud / The GAZETTEMuseum robbery suspect Jonathan Matis, 41, entered the Mariposa County Superior Court building around 9:15 on Monday morning. Suspects Edward Rushing III, 40, Matthew Campbell, 43, and Christopher Sheffield, 42, were escorted into the building around the same time Monday. Erik Skindrud / The GAZETTE

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 - 9:30 a.m. -Gazette Editor Jill Ballinger, reporting directly from the Mariposa County Superior Courtroom this morning during the arraignment of four men accused of committing armed robby at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum on Sept. 28 has listed the appointed legal representation of the defendants. 

The attached videos show Christopher Sheffield (top) and Edward Rushing III being escorted by deputies to the courtroom on Monday.

All but one of the defendants has entered a not guilty plea to the litany of charges he faced. Christopher Sheffield did not enter a plea as there weren't enough defense lawyers present to take all the cases. 

Edward Rushing III, Jonathan Matis and Matthew Campbell pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied all special allegations. 

All four defendants will be back in court tomorrow at 9 a.m. for a bail review hearing and for Sheffield's continued arraignment.

Until then, they remain in custody at the Mariposa County Jail on $1 million bail each.

Mariposa County District Attorney Thomas Cooke would not comment on the facts of the case, but did say he would be prosecuting it and that it is a "serious crime against the people of Mariposa County and the entire state."

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Do these guys live in

Do these guys live in Mariposa? I hope the loot is recovered

I like the way DA Thomas

I like the way DA Thomas Cooke will be prosecuting it as a serious crime against the people of Mariposa County. We the people are proud to house the exhibit. I think they should spend their time in the old jail as prisoners in the past had to. I feel that would be just.

The old jail is a tourist

The old jail is a tourist attraction. With prisoners, it could no longer be used this way. Of course, I know your comment is mainly "tongue in cheek."

I Love the Prison Strips.

I Love the Prison Strips. Hoping they can recover all that was stolen. Throw the book at them.

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