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Man Fatally Shot by Red Bluff Police Officers Had Extensive Criminal History

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Apr 12 2013 08:25:46 PM CDT

Mugshot of Adam Stevens from Dec. 2012

RED BLUFF, Calif. -

The man fatally shot by Red Bluff police officers has a lengthy criminal  background.

25-year-old Adam Stevens was shot by officers after he charged at them with a knife.

It happened 7:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Red Bluff Meadows Apartments at 850 Kimball Road.

According to documents at the Tehama County Courthouse, he was on parole, probation and technically should have been in jail, but he was released early due to overcrowding.

Most recently, Stevens was charged with vandalism and a violation of probation.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Mar. 7 – meaning he should still be serving time now, but was released early.

He was arrested in November for possession of a smoking device and again in December for for robbery and injury to a spouse or child.

Last summer, he was charged with battery and resisting officers. He pleaded guilty in that case and was sentenced to three years probation.

In 2008, he pleaded guilty to residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to five years in a state prison. When he was released, he was put on parole.

There was also a bench warrant for his arrest in the file.

Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito also told us that Stevens was a parolee at large, meaning he didn't check in with his parole officer.