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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Man gets 2 years for theft of rifle

  • Suspect was arrested on 25 Hill with scoped 30.06 stolen earlier in the day
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  • An armed man arrested after he alarmed several Taft Heights residents while walking on 25 Hill with a scoped hunting rifle in October 2012 was sentenced to two years in prison.
    Michael Dale Hawks pleaded no contest to one count of burglary on may 22 and three other counts, including grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a felon, were dismissed.
    The gun, an investigation determined, had been stolen earlier in the day not to far from where Hawks was seen acting suspiciously and subsequently arrested.
    Deputies, armed with assault rifles, began searching 25 Hill south of Garfield Avenue after they received a report of an armed man acting strangely.
    They caught up with Hawks high up in the hills west of 25 Hill Road and found him with the 30.06 rifle equipped with a scope.
    He was arrested without incident. The gun was not loaded, deputies said, but there was ammunition nearby.
    He was sentenced to a two-year prison term on June 19.
    He will get credit for more than a year of time served, including 265 days actually served and 188 days good time, according to court documents.
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