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Man sentenced to state prison for 2019 tractor theft

A Dunnigan man with a penchant for stealing cars is heading back to state prison.

Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson sentenced Brandon David Klimper, 30, to three years in prison for receiving stolen property in a plea deal that dismissed a felony charge of taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission.

Klimper has a lengthy criminal history in Colusa County and elsewhere in the North State and has failed to follow the terms of his probation, Thompson said Monday.

In 2019, Klimper and Candace Marie Greer, 36, of Arbuckle, were arrested on Johns School Road after trying to evade Colusa County Sheriff’s deputies on a tractor stolen from a nearby farmer.

After their arrest, deputies canvassed the area and found a vehicle in a ditch that had been stolen from Dunnigan. The California Highway Patrol determined that Greer had been driving and crashed the stolen vehicle. Klimper was reportedly the passenger.

Klimper was convicted on Nov. 27, 2019, and Greer on Dec. 17, 2019, and each sentenced to 24 months probation in connection to the tractor theft.

Greer has since had a bench warrant issued April 27 for her arrest for failing to appear in court on March 23 to answer to a charge alleging driving with a suspended license with priors and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

Klimper’s latest arrest occurred Nov. 11, 2020, when the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office arrested him in the 600 block of Hillgate Road, in Arbuckle, on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and receiving stolen property. In addition to the three years in state prison for the tractor theft, Judge Thompson sentenced Klimper to eight month consecutive time for the most recent charge, after he pleaded no contest in a plea deal that dismissed other charges.

Klimper, who had a warrant out for his arrest for nearly nine months after he failed to appear in court on May 20, 2020, will be given 128 days credit for actual time served plus 128 days for good conduct credits for a total of 256 days.

Thompson said Klimper’s significant criminal history, including five felony convictions, made him ineligible again for probation.

Thompson said Klimper has never followed any terms of probation in the past and that his non-compliance indicates a likelihood of future criminal behavior.

Klimper’s criminal history in Colusa County dates back to 2013 when he was convicted on drug possession charges and 2017 when convicted of auto theft.

His Yolo County criminal history is more extensive. He pleaded no contest to unauthorized use of a vehicle on Feb. 7, 2019, in a plea deal that dismissed assault and vandalism charges. He previously pleaded guilty or no contest to multiple charges since 2012, including possession of stolen property, assault by force, auto theft, and probation violations.

Klimper will remain in Colusa County Jail until transported to the California Department of Corrections. §

 

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