2013-04-18 / Front Page

Two enter pleas in CSMMM robbery

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

Two of the five men arrested and charged in connection with the California State Mining and Mineral Museum heist last September have entered into plea bargains.

Four of the five appeared in Mariposa County Superior Court this afternoon. Matthew Campbell was the first to enter his plea. He pleaded no contest to three felonies. Campbell, who has no criminal record and has been cooperative with authorities, has agreed to testify truthfully in any other hearing. He will likely get no more than one year in jail and felony probation. 

Michael Gomes, the last of the bunch to be arrested, also entered no contest pleas to the charges against him. He has also agreed to testify and will likely spend five years and four months state prison on charges of vehicle theft, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Christopher Sheffield has already waived his preliminary hearing last month. 

Jonathan Matis was granted a continuance. He will have his preliminary hearing on April 29 at 1:30.

Edward Rushing, the reported mastermind of the crime, has asked the judge to give him a new attorney. Judge Wayne Parrish took the item under submission. Rushing will also be back in court next Monday.

Gomes and Campbell will be in court at the same time. Their formal sentencing dates will be set at that time.

For the complete story, see this week's Mariposa Gazette.

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