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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 7B A Plumas County jury deliberated three hours before returning guilty verdicts on seven felonies against Danny Jerry Corder, 47, of Portola, and a misdemeanor against Annette Margaret Payne, 55, of Beckwourth on Feb. 6. Corder was convicted of four felony counts of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, two felony counts of resisting an executive officer by force or violence, one count of felony evading an officer and one count of assault on a peace officer with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Corder was also found to have inflicted great bodily injury on one of the officers he assaulted. Payne was convicted of misdemeanor resisting arrest. During the six-day jury trial, presided over by the Honorable Ira Kaufman, District Attorney David Hollister prosecuted the case while Brandon Williams of Chico defended Corder and local attorney Doug Prouty represented Payne. During the trial the jury heard evidence from Plumas County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Jeremy Beatley, Deputies Tom Klundby, Bjorn Berg and Jacob Vickrey, and local physician Mark Satterfield. Both Corder and Payne testified in their defense as did Portola resident Darlene Rogers. The evidence at trial demonstrated that on Feb. 4, 2016, Sgt. Bentley and Deputies Berg and Klundby arrived at Payne's residence in Beckwourth to conduct a probation search on Payne. The officers arrived in two marked police vehicles and all officers were in full police uniform. As the officers began walking toward Payne's residence, they noticed a blue truck start and drive east. Corder began accelerating rapidly at the officers causing all three to take cover or be run over. Corder drove directly at the officers rather than in other available directions. After nearly hitting them, Corder made a sudden u-turn and drove north on Cemetery Road, spraying gravel as he left. The officers chased Corder with emergency lights and siren operating-- Deputies Berg and Klundby in the lead pursuit car. During this part of the pursuit, Corder was driving in an erratic manner, swerving left and right and breaking traction with his rear wheels. Danny Jerry Corder Corder drove through another property coming within 12 to 15 feet of the house. He made an abrupt right turn and drove into a field where he stopped, exited the truck and locked the "hubs" so his truck would operate in 4-wheel drive mode. Corder then got back into his truck and "peeled out" spraying mud and gravel on DeputiesKlundby and Berg, who had exited their vehicle in an effort to apprehend Corder. The pursuit resumed with Sgt. Beatley now in the lead car. Some 100 to 150 yards later Deputies Klundby and Berg abandoned their pursuit as the terrain had "water bars" too high for their vehicle to clear. Sgt. Bentley continued his pursuit of Corder. After Annette Margaret Payne attempting to flee up a hill above Payne's house, Corder drove through the pasture and down a very steep embankment back towards Payne's house. Beatley did not follow at this point, as the tracks Corder drove down were too steep and dangerous for Beatley to continue his pursuit. Corder returned to Payne's house where he was blocked in by officers. Rather than comply with the officers' commands to surrender, Corder told the officers to "F" themselves and locked himself in the truck. To apprehend Corder, Deputy Klundby used his flashlight to "smash out the driver's side window." Once entry was made, Corder engaged in a violent assault on the officers, kicking and punching them with the officers returning blows. During this assault Corder kicked Deputy Berg, breaking Berg's hand. Corder was eventually lazed and pulled from the truck. Upon getting Corder out of the truck, officers fought with Corder to get him into custody as Annette Payne approached the group. Payne told the officers to "get the "F" offmy boyfriend, get the "F" offthe property." Payne got to within 10 feet of the officers, and Deputy Berg was afraid Payne might assault the officers. Sgt. Beatley shared Berg's concern because it was dark and he did not know if Payne had a weapon. Payne failed to comply with commands to leave the area. Payne's presence also caused difficulty in apprehending Corder. Deputy Berg attempted to detain Payne, but had difficulties due to his broken hand. Payne refused Deputy Berg's commands and continued to yell profanities at the officers. Corder and Payne were both arrested and transported from the area. Corder suffered numerous cuts and abrasion to his head during his arrest and was subsequently taken to the emergency room in Quincy where no fractures or other injuries were found and he was cleared for incarceration. Corder and Payne are scheduled to be sentenced April 7 at 10 a.m. by Kaufman. Corder faces a possible prison sentence of 14 years and two months. Payne faces a jail sentence of up to one year and could also be sentenced on two other cases upon which she was on probation. DA Hollister thanked the jury for their patience, service and just verdict. He also noted his gratitude for the witnesses, particularly those officers who were assaulted by Corder. Hollister concluded, "This was an important case on many levels, not the least of which was it demonstratesa clear understanding Plumas County will not let its officers be attacked without consequence. "Both defendants, particularly Mr. Corder, engaged in conduct that was unwarranted, unkind and unlawful. I look forward to the April 7th sentencing date and the just conclusion to this case." The Farm Service Agency offices reminds farmers and ranchers in Plumas, Modoc, Lassen and Sierra counties of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recentheavy rains and flooding. Producers who have experienced any farm losses to crops, fencing or livestock are reminded to contact the Farm Service agency to report those losses. For some programs, losses must be reported within 15 days of the disaster event. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following im livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible losses may include those determined by FSA to have been caused by hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, tropical storms, tornados lightening, extreme heat and extreme cold. Producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent. - Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for armers an be considered eligible, harvested forage must be baled; forage that is only cut, raked or windrowed is not eligible. Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent. ELAP also covers up to 150 lost grazing days in instances when a producer has been forced to remove livestock from a grazing pasture due to flood waters. For beekeepers, ELAP covers beehive losses (the physical structure) in instances where the hive has been destroyed by a natural ran( disaster including flooding, high winds and tornadoes. - Emergency Loan Program. Available to producers with agriculture operations located in a county under a primary or contiguous Secretarial Disaster designation. These low interest loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought or flooding. - Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters; includes - HayNet is an Internet-based Hay and Grazing Net Ad Service allowing farmers and ranchers to share "Need Hay" and "Have Hay" ads online. Farmers also can use another feature to post advertisements for grazing land, specifically ads announcing the availability of grazing land or ads requesting a need for land to graze. Visit To establish or retain FSA program eligibility, farmers and ranchers must report prevented planting and failed fence loss and debris removal. acres (crops and grasses). 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