Two years for brandishing |

Two years for brandishing

The legal saga of Raymond Moses came to an end Monday when he was given two years and eight months in county jail after pleading guilty to charges that included brandishing a firearm at a peace officer and escape with force.

Moses has about eight months in credit for time served. He was taken into custody in May after calling El Dorado Sheriff’s Department for assistance with his reported irrational wife. When authorities arrived they found an agitated Moses.

After Moses made numerous obscure threats to his wife, who was taken to South Lake Tahoe Police Department for protection, authorities from several agencies closed down the streets surrounding Moses’ Christmas Valley home.

There was a brief standoff. Authorities found Moses in possession of a .25-caliber Baretta handgun which he was waving at officers. After negotiations with Lt. Les Lovell, Moses surrendered and was placed into custody.

Ten days after his arrest, Moses tried to escape from a jail transport vehicle while it was on Echo Summit en route to Placerville.

“He didn’t make it five feet,” said Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.

Moses was being transported to jail facilities in Placerville for care from self-inflicted wounds while in jail. He dismantled a safety razor and cut himself with it, Uthe said.

Uthe said Moses is making progress with medical officials.

“Now that he’s gotten some quality care he seems to have maintained fairly well, at least in jail environment,” Uthe said.

— Contact William Ferchland at

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