Man who allegedly robbed Winchester hemp farm arraigned

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MURRIETA (CNS) - A 22-year-old man who allegedly robbed a Winchester hemp farm, holding employees at gunpoint while chopping down cannabis plants, pleaded not guilty Thursday to armed robbery and other charges. Hector Tinoco Ochoa, who is also charged with firearm assault and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a gun in the commission of a felony, was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Jan. 27 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. The defendant is free on a $105,000 bond. Ochoa allegedly drove onto the legally registered hemp cultivation site at Craig Avenue and Winchester Road about 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 26 and began physically extracting cannabis plants -- in some cases chopping them at t
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