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Man charged in Quincy rampage convicted and sentenced


On Sept. 27, 2021, Zephaniah Paul Mosely, age 39 of Reno, Nevada, was arrested for a series of crimes occurring during the evening of Sept. 26 and into the morning of Sept. 27 in Quincy.

Mosely was initially held on two violations of his formal probation while the investigation continued.

On Oct. 11, 2021, Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister charged Mosely with five felony counts stemming from an arson of a vehicle in the alley behind Morning Thunder restaurant, as well as the burglary and vandalism of the Plumas County Museum and the Yuba Expeditions Bike Shop located inside the Sierra Buttes Stewardship office near the airport in Quincy. This case was titled “Man charged in Quincy rampage” in an Oct. 15, 2021 Plumas News article.

Through the investigation, Mosely was, ultimately, able to be charged with a series of crimes against the Plumas County Museum, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Gott Powersports, American Valley Hardware and the burning of a vehicle behind Morning Thunder in Quincy. The investigation and subsequent prosecution also revealed substance abuse and mental health issues at play in the commission of these crimes.

On Dec. 10, 2021, Mosely was convicted of five felony counts including four counts of commercial burglary and one count of arson.

Today, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, Mosely was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison, ordered to pay $5,151.49 in restitution, ordered to pay additional fines and fees and, finally, ordered to register as an arson offender. Upon his release from state prison, Mosely will be placed on post release community supervision and supervised for an additional two years.

DA Hollister noted his appreciation for an excellent investigation in a very difficult case by Deputies Jesse Leiss and Tyler Hermann and, particularly, the lengthy and detailed follow-up work by Detective Christina Ross. Hollister added, “This case was far more than a series of downtown vandalisms. This was a dangerous and potentially violent crime spree. Judge Janet Hilde (the presiding and sentencing judge) made it very clear from her denial of probation, prison sentence and comments the defendant’s actions threatened the safety of the community and would be appropriately addressed.”

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