HANFORD, Calif.-The tire builder who opened fire on co-workers at Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp.'s Hanford plant will serve at least eight years in a state prison. Maurice Curtis, 27, was sentenced Jan. 3 to nine years four months by a Kings County (Calif.) Superior Court judge and will serve 85 percent of that, a district attorney said.
Mr. Curtis had fired a .45-caliber semiautomatic weapon twice last Aug. 21 during a disciplinary hearing at the tire plant, according to police.
No one was hit by the bullets, but one man was cut when he tried to escape out a window and another hurt after running into a glass door, police said.
Mr. Curtis, hired along with 600 replacement workers during an eight-month strike at the plant, originally plead innocent to charges of attempted murder. But in November he plead guilty to two felony counts of assault with a firearm.
The district attorney's office asked for the maximum sentence of 18 years four months.
The replacements were retained when union workers returned to work in March 1995.