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Columbia man gets probation for second offense in Cole County

A Columbia man who was convicted of first-degree robbery in Cole County in 1996 was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with an attempted break-in that occurred in March in Jefferson City.

Matthew Ornt, 33, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Jefferson City police said Ornt attempted to gain entry into a residence in the 100 block of East Atchison Street through a side window. A female resident confronted Ornt while he was attempting to get inside, just before she contacted law enforcement.

Ornt fled the scene on foot and did not stop after being ordered to do so by officers. He was caught in the 900 block of Monroe Street.

During the pursuit, Ornt tossed a backpack on the ground. Inside, officers found .45-caliber ammunition. They later found a .45-caliber pistol along the path of the foot pursuit.

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