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Middle school teacher who brought loaded gun on campus sentenced to probation, public work service

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Farb Middle School teacher who brought a loaded gun to work, possibly as a means of defending himself on the Tierrasanta campus, was sentenced Monday to three years probation and ordered to take a gun safety class.

Ned Carter Walker, who pleaded guilty in June to a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone, was also ordered to do 25 days of public work service.

Judge Leo Valentine Jr. suspended a 90-day jail term which won't be imposed unless Walker, 41, violates the terms of probation.

Deputy District Attorney Heather Trocha told reporters that Walker, who taught seventh- and eighth-grade English at Farb, could be sent to prison for up to five years for a probation violation.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a charge of possessing a knife or stabbing instrument on school grounds.

Defense attorney Michael Berg said the offense has had a "serious impact" on Walker's life, and the felony conviction means he will most likely lose his job as a teacher.

Berg previously said that Walker brought the gun on campus to protect students.

Valentine advised Walker that if he wanted to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, he should complete the gun safety class and learn more about handling guns.

By not doing so, "you do put yourself and others at risk," the judge said.

Walker told a probation officer that he grew up around guns, according to the judge.

San Diego Unified School District Officer Henry Ramelli testified during a preliminary hearing in April that he was called in by Farb's principal to assist with an investigation on Feb. 11.

"She (Courtney Rizzo) told me she'd heard rumors from teachers that Walker had a gun and had possibly been ordering ammunition and having it delivered to the school," Ramelli testified.

The witness said the defendant allowed him to search a locked classroom cabinet and a gym bag, but no evidence was recovered.

Ramelli said he, Walker and another police officer, Tom Gray, went to search the defendant's car in the school parking lot. The witness said he became concerned when he saw something heavy in Walker's front pocket.

After searching the defendant's car, Ramelli said he confronted Walker.

"I positioned Walker between me and the vehicle and told him I believed he had a gun," Ramelli testified.

The defendant admitted that he did and was patted down and discovered to be carrying a Colt semiautomatic pistol with a seven-round magazine and a knife with a 2 1/2-inch blade.

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