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Co-Defendants take Plea and Ask for Marriage License

Jason Lynn Dushane, 35 of Nevada County and Manda Lynn Wentzloff, 35 of Nevada City plead no contest to 2 counts of residential burglary Tuesday in Nevada county Superior court. The pair was arrested June 5th after a car chase in a stolen Lexus. The investigation continued and found stolen mail from Nevada county residents as well as evidence of a residential robbery in Nevada County and a second residence owned by the same victims in Marin County. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Hoganson represented the county in the case.

“Once we had them plead to two first degree burglaries, which means two strikes. It hopefully ensures that if they come back to California again, they will think twice before victimizing more people in our county and in our state.”

The two were arrested in Penn Valley in the stolen Lexus by Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies when Dushane refused to stop and a chase ensued. The two were apprehended and evidence recovered lead authorities to a motel room in Reno where stolen mail from Nevada County was recovered. They both still face federal mail theft charges. After making their plea in court, Dushane’s council submitted a request to Judge, Sean Dowling, to sign an affidavit allowing Wentzloff to get a marriage license. The pair wishes to marry. Judge Dowling is considering the request.

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