Courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeTimothy Frederick Knight

Courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeTimothy Frederick Knight

Chronic car thief sentenced to six years in prison

A San Francisco man who last year allegedly stole a car on the Peninsula so he could drive to a court hearing for a previous auto theft was sentenced Friday to six years in prison, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday.

Timothy Frederick Knight, 53, was facing auto theft charges related to a case in February 2014 when he stole another car, Wagstaffe said. Knight was out of custody on $50,000 bail and reportedly needed a ride to his court hearing, so he stole a Honda out of Daly City on April 2.

Police found the car outside the courthouse and put a tracker on it. Knight's court case was continued, and police nabbed him when he left and got back in the stolen Honda.

In January, he pleaded no contest to felony auto theft and admitted the enhancement for committing the crime while out on bail. The conviction is a second strike for Knight, who has seven prior felony convictions related to auto theft.

Knight pleaded no contest on the condition of no more than eight years in prison and that the judge consider dropping the second strike enhancement, Wagstaffe said.

On Friday, the court denied dropping the second strike and sentenced Knight to six years in prison with 661 days of credit for time served. He is also required to pay $2,602.56 in restitution.

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