FAIRFIELD — A former teacher at Willis Jepson Middle School in Vacaville was put on probation Tuesday and was given a three-month suspended jail sentence for having a gun in his car near the school.
Bobby D. Chambers, 54, was arrested in May 2013 at the school after Vacaville police received a tip from an ex-girlfriend of Chambers that contraband could be found in Chambers’ car, which was parked in front of the school.
Chambers’ defense attorney, Jon-Paul Valcarenghi, said his client learned that he lacked good judgment and had recently been diagnosed with addiction and other mental health issues.
Prosecutors previously agreed to drop cocaine and marijuana possession charges. Chambers previously agreed to sign a letter of resignation for his teaching job, which he did in court as he was being sentenced.
The police search of Chambers’ car turned up a loaded Derringer-style pistol, a box of ammunition, four grams of cocaine, a marijuana pipe and several containers of marijuana, according to court records.
Because the gun was found within 1,000 feet of school grounds, Chambers faced up to five years in prison.
After arresting Chambers, police got a search warrant for his home in Chico in Butte County. The search of the home turned up more marijuana, guns and ammunition and prescription medications that were seized by police.
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