A Madera County Superior Court jury convicted Angel Anastacio Chavez, 32, late Thursday of driving a stolen vehicle and of felony possession of stolen property.
In January, Madera police responded to a report of a man pushing a Honda automobile down the street and arrived to find Chavez doing so, according to the county District Attorney’s Office. The vehicle was out of fuel, but a license check revealed it had been stolen earlier that day. The registered own was contacted and upon arrival identified the Honda as his — as well as the payroll check, PG&E bill and house keys found in the pocket of Chavez.
The Superior Court set sentencing for June 6. Since the court found true a special allegation of a prior strike and commitment to prison, the Madera man could receive up to seven years in state prison, said District Attorney Michael Keitz.