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Multi-felony Convict Draws Maximum Time Behind Bars

Sonora, CA – A local judge has handed a recent convict the harshest sentence possible – 27 years in state prison – for a string of crimes that culminated in a 120-plus mph chase.

According to Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg, local resident George Michael Lane, now 58, was handed the maximum allowable punishment by Judge Donald Segerstrom Monday.

Finally nabbed by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies in January 2015 for numerous similarly patterned crime incidents that also occurred in August and December of 2014, Lane had his final day in court June 29. As recounted here, Krieg shared that it took jurors only an hour to convict him of seven felonies and two misdemeanors relating to a series of offenses through the period involving burglary, vehicle theft and dangerously escalating evasion offenses on three occasions against law enforcement while behind the wheel of different vehicles, all while under a suspended license.

In addition to being happy that Lane is effectively off the streets for the long-term, Krieg adds that her office is grateful to the jury members for their careful attention and thoughtful deliberations. She additionally thanks local law enforcement, including the CHP, as well as civilian witnesses for the collective hard work and dedication she says was essential to bringing final resolution to the crimes.