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Man Sentenced To Over 16 Years In Prison

A man who stole a gun from a South Redding home has been given a long prison sentence. It was the evening of May 24th, when Redding experienced a freakish hail storm and tornado warning. 62-year-old David Miles called police around 7 O’clock to report that a man had come into his home on Cedars Road and stolen a loaded shotgun that was equipped with a pistol grip, tactical optics and a tactical light. When Miles confronted the intruder, he fled with the shotgun into the woods to the west. The thief was quickly identified as 40-year-old Gentry Ching, because he dropped some of his court documents inside the house during the burglary. Because of the wild weather, a CHP helicopter could not get off the ground, so officers searched for a couple of hours using a drone, as well as Otto the K9. The search was called off at around 9PM, but two officers stayed in the area and about an hour later they could see the tactical light on the shotgun moving through the woods. By then the helicopter was able to fly and they helped box in Ching until he was near a city water tower on top of the hill. As officers closed in on Ching, he brandished the shotgun and pointed it toward them. Otto was released and when his teeth sunk in, Ching dropped the shotgun. He kept fighting with the dog and the officers before eventually being taken into custody. Ching pleaded guilty to charges on Thursday and was sentenced to 16 years 4 months in state prison.