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Tucson man sentenced to decade in prison for illegal possession of ammo

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PHOENIX — A convicted felon from Tucson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge for illegal possession of ammunition, according to a press release.

Tacal Charles Hart, 35, is a three-time convicted felon and was involved in a shooting at Mansfield Park in Tucson in August 2018.

Law enforcement seized two empty pistol magazines and one round of ammunition from Hart after the shooting and a search warrant of Hart’s home found eight additional rounds of ammunition, according to the release.

Federal agents attempted to arrest the man four months later, but Hart fled in his vehicle through midtown Tucson.

He threw a pistol and a magazine loaded with 15 rounds from the car before abandoning the vehicle in a Walmart parking lot and fleeing to a nearby apartment where he hid for several hours until he was finally arrested, according to the release.

Hart had another pistol, three pistol magazines and several more rounds of ammunition in the apartment he was hiding in and federal agents later found two improvised explosives in the trunk of Hart’s abandoned car.

He pleaded guilty in February 2020, according to the release.

Hart previously served time for an attempt to commit burglary in the second degree and attempt to commit aggravated assault, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections website, being sentenced in 2007 and released from prison in 2011.

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