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Lincoln man gets 27-years-to-life for Placer Sheriff’s deputy assault

Mills sentenced under Three Strikes law
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A Lincoln man received a 27-years-to-life sentence after he spit on and fought two Placer County sheriff’s deputies in court. Joshua Daniel Mills, 33, was sentenced by Placer County Judge Colleen Nichols Friday under California’s three strikes law. His Friday sentence was based on felony charges of gassing by a prisoner upon a peace officer and resisting a peace officer by force. Mills was previously convicted of threatening to commit a crime resulting in great bodily injury or death and false imprisonment by violence. In September 2008, Mills was in court on an unrelated family law matter when he spit on and fought with two Sheriff’s deputies who were trying to remove him from the courtroom after he had caused a disturbance, according to a release from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. At the time of the assault Mills was serving a 16-year prison sentence on charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and solicitation to commit a felony. ~ Staff report