Mesa man sentenced in case of bad tip to bounty hunters

Posted at 1:34 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 16:34:10-04

A Mesa man arrested in the case of an anonymous tip leading armed bounty hunters to swarm Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner's home has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 29-year-old Aaron Michael Bray was sentenced Thursday.

He changed his plea in the case two months ago and pleaded guilty to attempting to commit computer tampering.

Police say 11 bounty hunters mistakenly targeted Yahner's northwest Phoenix house in August 2015 after they were sent there by a text message to look for a suspect.

Police say Bray was responsible for providing the information and he was arrested on suspicion of computer tampering.

The owner of a bond-recovery company also was arrested after the incident and charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.