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Santa Maria bounty hunter jailed for shooting into car

A bounty hunter arrested for shooting into a car with four people inside was ordered to spend nine months in jail.

Sylvester Swain, 50, pleaded no contest to a felony count of firing into an occupied vehicle on Nov. 13, Deputy District Attorney Stephen Foley said. As part of a plea deal reached May 10, five other felony counts were dropped.

He had faced more than 15 years in prison if convicted on all six charges.

Swain was also placed on five years’ probation. As a convicted felon, he can no longer possess a firearm and he cannot work as a bail enforcement agent while on probation, Foley said.

Swain, who was looking for a fugitive wanted on a $40,000 felony bench warrant, fired from a 9mm handgun as a car allegedly drove toward him in the rear parking lot of El Taco de Mexico, police said. Four bullets hit the car, but none of the occupants was hit.

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