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Probation given to speed van shooter

SANTA FE — A man who shot a city speed-enforcement van last year pleaded no contest in court Wednesday to charges connected to the shooting and a subsequent police chase around downtown Santa Fe.

Scott Powell, 65, will serve about 18 months of unsupervised probation, after which he can receive a conditional discharge, which would erase the convictions from his record, according to a copy of the plea agreement. The charges to which he pleaded are criminal damage to property; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; and careless driving. The plea took place before state District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said Powell will serve his probation out of state, but she was not sure where he lives now. Earlier this year, Pacheco said Powell was in California, where he was receiving medical treatment.

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