Repeat offender gets 6 years in Riverbank school theft

A 38-year-old Modesto man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing an electric drill from Riverbank High School last month.

James Lindsey pleaded no contest to a felony count of receiving stolen property during a court hearing Monday.

On Dec. 16, Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies saw Lindsey leaving the high school late at night. Deputies found an electric drill in his backpack, which had been stolen three days earlier.

Lindsey admitted having a prior serious or violent conviction that qualified as a "strike" under California's "three strikes" law, and had served three terms in prison.

Among the other sentences announced Tuesday by the district attorney's office:

Paul Ray Taylor, 21, of Modesto was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of auto theft, evading a peace officer, second-degree burglary and resisting arrest.

About 11 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Modesto, a sheriff's deputy saw Taylor driving a 1995 green Saturn reported stolen earlier that day in Modesto. When the deputy turned on his lights and siren to make a traffic stop, Taylor accelerated away at speeds of 60 mph in residential areas while ignoring stop signs at intersections. Taylor crashed into a parked car and ran away, leaving his passenger behind.

On Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. in Modesto, the owner of a 1990 Honda Accord reported that his car stereo was stolen from his vehicle. A police officer found a fingerprint on the driver's side door window that matched Taylor's fingerprint.

Later that day, Taylor went into a store to sell a cell phone that had been stolen from another outlet for the same wireless chain. Taylor ran from the store only to be arrested a short distance away.

He claimed a friend gave him the cell phone but had no contact information for the friend. Taylor said he was going to sell the phone to buy methamphetamine.

Billy Lee Sexton Jr., 26, of Modesto was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

At 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 in Modesto, police officers responded to a domestic disturbance between Sexton and his ex-girlfriend. When officers arrived, Sexton ran inside the house and hid. Sexton was apprehended when a police dog found him hiding in the attic.

According to witnesses, Sexton arrived in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup reported stolen two days earlier from the owner's Modesto driveway.