Man gets a year in prison after trading drugs for tools

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A Southern Oregon man who traded drugs for stolen power tools has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.
   
The Mail Tribune reports that 35-year-old Tommy James Loftis pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to six counts of theft. Judge Benjamin Bloom sentenced Loftis to a year and three months in prison.
   
Authorities say police looking for drugs raided a house in Gold Hill where Loftis was living and found stolen welders, drills, air compressors, chain saws, weed trimmers and other tools, most of which were returned to their owners.
   
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of burglary, criminal mischief and methamphetamine possession in return for the guilty pleas. A key prosecution witness had died in a traffic wreck.
   
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Information from: Mail Tribune

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