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Man pleads guilty to firing shots in burglary

The Daily Times staff
Crime

FARMINGTON — A Newcomb man has pleaded guilty in federal court to firing shots into the air after he allegedly broke into a house in Little Water.

Eli Hunt, 36, allegedly broke into a house on Dec. 3, 2015, in Little Water and threatened the man and woman who lived there with a tire iron and a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He allegedly fired shots into the air while chasing the residents around the property and threatening to kill them, according to the press release.

Hunt was charged in December with aggravated burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

A sentencing hearing has not been set.

As part of his plea agreement, Hunt faces 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release, according to the press release.