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The court proceeding for a Mariposa County man charged with 10 felonies was postponed last week.

The continuation of the preliminary hearing for Luke Willey, 38, was pushed to Tuesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Mariposa County Courthouse.

Willey faces the charges after he was arrested last November.

Defense attorney Eugene Action, appearing on behalf Willey’s usual attorney, Linden Lindahl, asked Judge Douglas Boyack to postpone the hearing.

He said Lindahl has been involved in a “no time waiver” jury trial in Fresno and was unable to pull away from the trial.

“He requests to continue this,” said Action.

Here are the charges Willey faces:

• First degree residential burglary, a felony, and a special allegation of a prior serious felony. That felony was listed as an assault with a deadly weapon charge for which Willey was convicted on July 29, 1999. He was 18 at the time.

• Assault with a semiautomatic firearm, a felony, in addition to the same enhancement.

• Dissuading a witness by force or threat, a felony, with two enhancement charges related to the prior assault with a deadly weapon charge.

• Three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon with two prior convictions, a felony. In this charge, it lists the prior assault with a deadly weapons conviction, but also lists an Aug. 4, 2005 conviction, another felony. That charge is for cutting or damaging a cable or television line to prevent someone from getting assistance.

It is listed in all three counts.

• Possession of ammunition, a felony, with an enhancement also listing the two previous convictions.

• Domestic battery, a misdemeanor. This charge alleges that Willey used force or violence on the 22-year-old woman, who court documents say is a “former cohabitant.”

• First degree residential burglary, a felony. This charge also lists two enhancements based on the previous conviction of assault with a deadly weapon.

• Assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, a felony. This charge also lists three enhancements, including a special allegation of “great bodily injury.”

• Battery with serious bodily injury, a felony. This count carries two enhancement charges.

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