A man arrested in October after a high-speed chase through Grass Valley that began when he was mistakenly identified as one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced Christopher Lee Lang, 48, to eight years and nine months after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Lang had been facing additional charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking.
On Oct. 24, 2012, Lang was arrested after a lengthy chase that began when he was identified by a tipster as Glen Stewart Godwin, a convicted murderer who had escaped from Folsom Prison 25 years earlier.
Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies received information that a man living in a Grass Valley apartment complex was Godwin, who has been on the FBI’s 10-most-wanted list since 1996. Deputies received a vehicle description and began staking out the apartment complex, spotting Lang’s vehicle the morning of Oct. 24 on Highway 49.
Lang led deputies on a “reckless and high-speed pursuit,” eventually crashing near Bitney Springs Road. The fleeing Lang allegedly reached behind his back, where he was believed to have a gun. One of the deputies then fired a round, but missed Lang. Lang eventually was taken into custody, despite allegedly resisting arrest.
A loaded Mauser semi-automatic handgun was found on Lang, and he eventually confessed to having purchased the gun that morning in exchange for some meth. Deputies also allegedly located a glass pipe and two baggies containing methamphetamine. In Lang’s vehicle, deputies reportedly found more meth, marijuana, prescription medication, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.
Lang initially gave deputies a false name but eventually was identified as a prison escapee who walked away from a “transitional center” near Las Vegas in late August 2011.
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