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Felon Sentenced To 6 Years After Being Found With Zipguns

A Cottonwood man is going to prison for an illegal weapons case from two years ago. In March of 2017 a report of shots fired sent Tehama County Deputies to a house on Tehama Dam Road in Cottonwood. They contacted the homeowner, 41-year-old George Kokolios, and his friend. Kokolios had a 45 caliber handgun in a hip holster and the men had been shooting zipguns, which are homemade weapons that typically use rubber bands to force a firing pin into a bullet. The zip guns the men used were loaded with shotgun shells. Both men had been previously convicted of felonies so they were prohibited from having any type of guns. The home was searched and deputies reported found 4 zip guns and lots of ammunition. For possession of firearms by a felon with a prior strike, Kokolios has been sentenced to 6 years in state prison.