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Former Truckee jailer could face life behind bars

KEVIN MILLER, Sun News Service

A criminal enhancement for multiple sexual offenses could land a former Truckee jailer behind bars for life.

District Attorney Mike Ferguson upped the ante against Bobby “B.A.” Rutledge Friday, successfully filing an enhancement that makes him a candidate for a strike under the Three Strikes law.

Ferguson said the strike, requested because Rutledge, 29, allegedly committed serious felonies – including rape – against two women, qualifies him for life in prison.

Strike offenses involving sexual crimes qualify for the mandatory sentencing standards of the Three Strikes law, without the need for a second or third offense.

Rutledge, charged with 29 counts of sexual assault of female inmates in the Nevada County Sheriff Department’s Truckee substation, would face a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life if he is found guilty of the enhancement.

The charges involve 14 different women.

Rutledge pled innocent in Superior Court Friday to the charges. He remains free on bail.

Judge Ersel Edwards ordered Rutledge to submit a sample of his handwriting to a prosecution investigator. Ferguson said investigators are trying to match his handwriting to items on booking documents and other notes.

Rutledge’s attorney, Stephen Munkelt, opposed both the handwriting sample and filing of the enhancement.

The case is scheduled for a July 21 trial.

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