Felon found with guns, masks, zip ties sentenced to 60 years

Sept. 28, 2010 at 4:28 a.m.

A convicted felon who was found with firearms, masks, gloves and zip ties by the Yoakum Police Department in 2008 was sentenced Tuesday.

After 25 minutes of deliberation, a DeWitt County jury found Malvin Sadler, 32, guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a press release from the district attorney's office.

District Judge Skipper Koetter sentenced Sadler to 60 years in the penitentiary.

Sgt. Sharon Mucala and Officer Reginald Bedford pulled over Sadler's vehicle at 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2008, District Attorney Michael A. Sheppard said.

With Sadler was another man, Eric Hickerson, who has been charged with a felon in possession of a firearm. Hickerson has been indicted and will stand trial at an undetermined date.

Inside the vehicle, officers found a shotgun loaded with six rounds of large slugs and buckshot, a 357 magnum loaded with six rounds of hollow-point ammunition and the other supplies Sheppard said could have been intended for a robbery or violent crime.

A nearby Tiger Tote convenience store could have been their target, Sheppard said.

"Had it not been for the quick thinking of Officer Mucala and Officer Bedford, I hate to think of what crime these men might have committed," Sheppard said in the release. "They were loaded down with masks, zip ties and heavy-duty ammo. I can't compliment the police department enough for their good work and fast thinking."

Evidence presented at the trial showed Sadler had been convicted of three prior burglaries of a habitation and some misdemeanors, according to the press release.



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