Taos DA puts Oklahoma burglar behind bars

Noah Hardaway, 30, was sentenced to 10 years with the New Mexico Department of Corrections this month as part of a plea agreement struck with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's office. Courtesy Taos County Adult Detention Center

A 30-year-old Oklahoma man charged in six felony cases in Taos County since 2015 was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week as part of a plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

On Thursday (Oct. 31), Noah Hardaway pleaded guilty to the only count filed in the 2018 case: receiving stolen property, valued at more than $2,500.

The case alleged that Hardaway acquired several tools and other items on Nov. 21, 2018 that had been stolen by another party. Hardaway was indicted by a grand jury on the charge in Taos District Court in January.

As part of the plea, Hardaway also admitted he is the same person who was convicted in a felony breaking and entering and theft case filed in Pulaski County, Oklahoma in 2010. He also identified himself as the same man found guilty in another receiving stolen property case filed in Taos County in 2017.

John Lovelace, the prosecutor who handled the case, was able to use those prior felony convictions to extend Hardaway's prison sentence to 10 years.

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