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Grass Valley Man Pleads Guilty DV Charges

A Grass Valley man is facing up to eight years in prison, after pleading guilty in a domestic violence incident. Authorities say Elliot Black, 29 at the time, had been holding his girlfriend and her 11-year-old daughter against their will at their home, and in a van, at one point, before he was arrested, in April of 2019. He was originally booked on felony charges that included torture, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and child endangerment. But Assistant Nevada County District Attorney Cami Lisonbee says Black ended up facing prosecution on fewer counts…

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Black pleaded guilty to one felony count of kidnapping and two misdemeanor counts of making criminal threats and child endangerment. Lisonbee says it’s another example of the uncertainty of whether plea agreements can be reached from case to case…

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Lisonbee says another factor in resolving domestic violence cases is that it saves the victims from re-living the trauma during a trial, including testifying. She says the fact that the victims were also satisfied with the outcome was also another important determination. The case was also disrupted by the pandemic.

1 Comment

September 14, 2022


He did, he dragged it out and anytime I seen him in that courtroom he absolutely had no remorse. He violated restraining orders and nothing came of it. They allowed him out on pretrial release. I saw no justice through any of this. I'm really disappointed they didn't charge him with the child abuse that's one thing I asked them to make sure was on there when he pleaded. I guess you really can't trust the court system can you. It's not just what that man did to me it's what that man did to my daughter. Child abuse should be on his record for the rest of his freaking life. I would have seen it all the way to trial to make sure of that. That man abuses women and children he needs to be labeled properly especially if you're not going to punish him and give him a slap on the wrist and let him return to society.

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