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Maroa man found sleeping next to stolen State Police rifle gets probation

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DECATUR — Zion Hoffman, the Maroa man found sleeping next to an AR-15 rifle stolen from a State Trooper’s squad car, has been sentenced to 24 months probation.

Hoffman, 20, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Nov. 19 and pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. His plea was part of a deal negotiated by his defense attorney, Robert Carter, which saw three other charges of stolen weapons possession dismissed by Judge Rodney Forbes.

A State Police affidavit about the case did not explain how Carter came into possession of the stolen rifle. But on March 5 the State Police Zone 5 investigations unit asked the Maroa Police Department for assistance in investigating a burglary to a squad car and Hoffman’s name came up as a suspect.

Police arrived at his home in the 100 block of West Madison Street and surprised Hoffman, who was in bed asleep with the State Police stolen weapon housed in a rifle case right next to him. A Glock brand handgun was also lying next to the bed and that weapon checked out as being stolen as well.

In addition to the probation sentence, Forbes ordered Hoffman to complete 30 hours of community service. He was further ordered to comply with the TASC program — Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities — which offers help for those dealing with substance abuse and mental health challenges.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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