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UPDATE: Man who made false active shooter call ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution

Posted at 9:31 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 19:23:39-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: According to the Kern County District Attorney's office, the restitution Mario Thompson was ordered to pay may increase as parties are allowed to submit restitution claims even after the initial sentencing is handed down.

This story has been updated to reflect that fact and the total restitution Thompson has been ordered to pay as of July 2.

The Bakersfield man convicted of making a fake active shooter report at Mercy Southwest Hospital last year has been ordered to pay $20,000 to agencies who responded to the false alarm as part of his sentence.

Mario Thompson III was also sentenced to 364 days in custody for the misdemeanor conviction. A jury found Thompson guilty back in June.

The judge also denied probation.

Thompson was ordered to pay $13,000 to the hospital and another $7,000 to the Bakersfield Police Department.

Thompson was also convicted on impersonation of a police officer charges for a similar false active shooter report at Memorial Hospital in December of 2018. He was ordered to serve nine months in jail as a condition of felony probation.

Bakersfield Police said Thompson disguised himself as a security guard inside Memorial Hospital and during a search of the facility after the call was made, officers found Thompson wearing a security badge, acting suspiciously and inserting himself into the investigation. Hospital staff told authorities he was not an employee, so authorities detained him, finding a pellet gun, pepper spray and prescription pills in his possession.