By Michael McCutcheon
MODESTO, CA – A longer sentence was imposed here in Stanislaus County Superior Court this week for a single strike in a man’s criminal history—although the seemingly complicated math won’t be finalized until May 5.
Per the terms of his probation, his vehicle was searchable and allowed officers to discover a firearm, so he was charged with multiple felonies for possession of the firearm, along with being in violation of his original probation terms.
After pleading no contest to a charge of felony possession of a firearm and the felony violation of probation, the remaining charges were dropped.
The accused was sentenced to four years in state prison per the original agreement for the felony violation of his probation and additionally sentenced to eight months for the possession charge, to be served consecutively.
However, his eight months were doubled to 16 months because he admitted a first strike.