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March 28, 2023

Courts: Man sentenced for carrying gun on SBHS campus

A local man arrested for carrying a loaded firearm on the San Benito High School campus was sentenced to a year in county jail.

Steven R. Aguirre, 30, was sentenced earlier this month in the case stemming from his arrest Oct. 25 at SBHS. He was represented by public defender Gregory LaForge.

Hollister police arrested Aguirre after 9 p.m. Oct. 25 after responding to a call of a man with a loaded firearm near the school. According to police, when officers arrived, they ordered Aguirre to stop but he refused and fled on foot across Baler Alley while holding something at his waist. He hid behind a storage unit but was quickly located and arrested. Other officers arrived to assist and a search in the area revealed a loaded handgun where Aguirre had attempted to hide.

Aguirre was charged with having a firearm at school, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, resisting arrest and destroying evidence.

Aguirre, who had prior convictions, pleaded no contest to two of those counts and received a five-year term, but with the final four years on probation, according to court records.



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