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Judge Throws the Book at Man After 29 Arrests

Judge Throws the Book at Man After 29 Arrests



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Twenty-nine arrests in the last nine years meant a heavy sentence for a Utah County man.

Fourth District Judge Gary Stott sentenced 40-year-old Michael Pino to up to 35 years in prison yesterday on multiple drug and burglary charges.

Stott called Pino a person who doesn't recognize or refuses to accept the principles of society.

County prosecutor Chad Grunander says Pino has been convicted of 11 misdemeanors and three felonies over the years.

His current sentencing stems from charges related to a January incident in which Pino was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine and an August 2006 break-in at a utility shop.

Pino also has another pending case on charges of burglary and theft.

Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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