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Clovis man sentenced to five years


August 31, 2018

CLOVIS — A Clovis man convicted last week of receiving a stolen motorcycle was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison followed by six months probation.

Phillip Little, 48, told Judge Matthew Chandler during the sentencing hearing that he’d “had a pretty bad drug problem” during the past 20 years but was recently engaged and trying to turn his life around.

“I’m not a violent person,” he said. “I just ask that the court show me a little bit of mercy.”

Chandler presided over the one-day trial Aug. 21 when a jury found Littlefield guilty of the fourth-degree felony stemming from Aug. 26, 2017. He cited Littlefield’s history of convictions going back to the mid-1990s as evidence of “taking advantage of other people,” even if the offenses themselves (forgery, burglary) were not violent.

The sentence included 18 months in the Department of Corrections for the recent conviction and a four-year habitual offender enhancement, with six months suspended in favor of supervised probation.


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