An inmate with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to more than six years in state prison last week – the price he has to pay for new and prior convictions.
All Nicholas Lee King, 31, of Colusa, had to do to stay out of prison was stay out of trouble. Instead, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson said King only demonstrated that “he is a violent thug,” and that he wasted multiple probation opportunities to prove himself a better man.
King’s arrests and convictions in Colusa County date back 15 years, and began shortly after graduating from Colusa High School.
King pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace in 2005, and has had various arrests on charges since then, including battery in 2006 (later dismissed), auto theft (dismissed with a Harvey waiver), and battery in 2009 (dismissed with a Harvey waiver).
King has twice been convicted of public intoxication, in 2006 and 2009, and resisting a peace officer, in 2007.
It was while King was in jail this past March 4, on yet another probation violation, that he engaged in a brutal fight, resulting in injury, with Ryan Dearman, although Dearman was found to be the aggressor.
Thompson, on Aug. 19, revoked King’s probation and upheld an original four year prison sentence that had previously been imposed for battery, to which he pleaded no contest to beating a man and leaving him in a dark alley. A second man was also convicted in connection with the crime, to which he served probation, court records indicate.
In 2016, King was convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime and being a felon in possession of ammunition, trespass, and the unlawful taking of a bear, trophy deer, and feral pig, in exchange for dismissal of charges related to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Thompson sentenced King to eight months on the conspiracy charge, eight months on an ammunition charge, and six months on the hunting violation.
King, who already has served about 235 days, will serve his time in Colusa County Jail until the state resumes prisoner admissions to state prisons, which were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the pandemic started in March, the State of California has released approximately 10,000 inmates from the state prison system, including many who were serving time for murder.
Among those released is convicted murderer, Terebea Williams, who was arrested in Colusa County in 1998 after shooting her husband and leaving him to die in a Davis motel room.
Williams was convicted in Yolo County and sentenced to 84 years in prison.