Chad E. Hall
Chad Hall, 38, of Hershey, will stay behind bars for at least 10 years, following sentencing Monday to two consecutive terms in prison.
Hall served from August 2006-May 2009 in the state pen for five counts of burglary. He was arrested again in mid-January for having at least one firearm, even though he is a felon, and theft.
Sheriff's deputies initially said they found more than two dozen weapons in a cabinet at Hall's garage and house – most of them in a large gun safe that had to be drilled open by a locksmith.
In court, Hall was convicted March 13 of the theft of more than $500 worth of jewelry as well as possession of a firearm. In return for his no-contest plea to those charges, one count of firearm possession and a shoplifting count were dropped.
Hall was sentenced to one prison term of 8˝ - 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm and another term of 1˝ -5 years for theft.
The terms will be served consecutively, meaning Hall will serve a minimum of 10 years, minus credit for 87 days he has spent in the Lincoln County Jail since his arrest.
District Judge Richard Birch handed down the sentences in Lincoln County District Court.
Before sentencing, Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling asked for a 10–15 year sentence, citing Hall’s long record of offenses.
Birch said that Harling’s request was fair.
According to state statutes, being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years.
Hall was first accused of having 21 long guns, seven pistols and a large flare gun locked in the safe, but charges of possessing more than one firearm did not stand up to further investigation.
He had been arrested in Lincoln County nine times since 2006 for burglary, as well as shoplifting and possession of a stolen firearm, according to sheriff's records.