Richard Nichols attends a Sixth Judicial District Court court sentence hearing virtually from a California residence.
Richard Nichols attends a Sixth Judicial District Court court sentence hearing virtually from a California residence.
Richard Curtis Nichols, age 23, was recently ordered to pay $14,795 jointly with a codefendant after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor conspiracy to receive, possess or withhold stolen property charge, in this case guns. 

Nichols admitted to possessing stolen handguns in August 2017, but pleaded guilty to the charge in early March 2020 after being arrested on a failure to appear warrant for the charge. 

The maximum sentence for the gross misdemeanor charge in Nevada is 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, with the possibility of restitution for any losses incurred by a victim in the case. 

Nichols had no prior felony convictions and all parties jointly recommended probation in the case, with the condition he owes $14,795 with his codefendant to be paid to the victim in the matter. 

Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Anthony Gordon told the court that the weapons were retrieved in the case and that the codefendant was determined to be more liable in the incident and pleaded to two felony counts. 

Nichols’ attorney Jenny Hubach said that the codefendant in the case had already been sentenced to probation in the matter. 

Sixth Judicial District Judge Michael Montero sentenced Nichols to 364 days in jail with 94 days credit for time served and suspended the jail sentence, granting a 36-month term of probation in line with plea negotiations. 

“I’m letting you stay out of jail so that you can find gainful employment and pay what you rightfully owe,” said Montero. “You’re not getting off probation early until this is all paid, and I have the ability to extend probation.” 

In addition to the $14,795 restitution he was ordered to pay with codefendant Joseph Allen Joseph Isaac, Nichols was ordered to pay a $153 DNA collection and analysis fee and a $25 administrative assessment fee.

Nichols attended a sentencing hearing in Sixth Judicial District Court virtually on May 12 from a California residence due to the COVID-19 restrictions.