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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 06:00 AM

Man charged with carrying gun into hospital sentenced to 180 days

A man who was charged with carrying a firearm wrapped in a blanket into the Tehachapi Hospital earlier this month was sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading no contest to three misdemeanor charges, including possessing a firearm in a public building, disorderly conduct, and obstructing a peace officer.

Richard M. Martinez, 21, was also sentenced to three years probation by Judge Cory J. Woodward at a hearing at the Kern County Superior Court in Mojave on Friday, Feb. 14.

The possession of a firearm in a public building charge, which was originally filed as a felony count, was lowered to a misdemeanor by the District Attorney.

Martinez, who was represented by Public Defender Andrew Blanco, is prohibited from possessing a firearm and is subject to a search at the request of any peace officer at any time, Judge Woodward said.

According to police, Martinez entered the Tehachapi Hospital around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, his 21st birthday.

He reportedly fled the area when he overheard a clerk calling the police, touching off a search involving officers from multiple jurisdictions, including a helicopter that hovered over the area near downtown Tehachapi for more than an hour before the suspect was located hiding between two buildings.

According to Sgt. Keven Empey of the Tehachapi Police Dept., officers still haven't located the weapon.

Kern County Superior Court records show that Martinez was arrested seven times in 2013, mostly for public intoxication. In 2012, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for battery.

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