A 29-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison for squatting in a vacation home in Yosemite National Park.
Driving the news: The man, David Cuellar, broke into a private home in Wawona in 2021 and lived there for several months without the owner’s permission.
- He was found to be in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition during his time in the home, which violated his previous convictions for carjacking and possessing controlled substances.
- The property owner reported the unauthorized occupation of her home to authorities after finding it unsecured with trash and drug paraphernalia inside.
- Mail addressed to Cuellar and other items linked to local law enforcement reports for stolen property were discovered during a subsequent search of the property.
- An underage female accomplice of Cuellar admitted to staying at the home with him, and Cuellar denied being in Wawona when questioned by authorities.