A Madera County Superior Court jury has found Michael William Glass, 44, of Escalon guilty of felony attempted grand theft of wire and felony vandalism, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz.
Keitz said that during the trial of Glass evidence was introduced that the victim was checking his property off of Avenue 7 in July 2013, when he heard the defendant in one of his farm buildings. The victim walked to the building and observed Glass stripping the wire from inside the building. The victim detained the defendant until a sheriff’s deputy arrived and arrested him. At trial, the victim said the defendant caused $8,000 in damage and the value of the wire stripped was $8,000.
The jury also found true the special allegation that Glass was previously incarcerated in state prison for possession of narcotics.
The Madera Superior Court set sentencing for July 8 at 8:30 am.
“Wire theft continues to be a common problem in this county. However, because of the reform in sentencing laws called realignment, Glass cannot now be sentenced back to state prison. Instead, the court’s options include sentencing him to probation or an alternative sentencing program such as day reporting or drug rehabilitation, or he could be placed in the Madera County Jail for up to four years,” said Keitz.