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      Ref back in court for stolen gun incident

      The high school referee charged with bringing a firearm into a school safety zone will be back in court for his trial on Tuesday.

      Darrel Phillips, 45, pleaded not guilty to the charges in March after his 9 mm handgun was stolen from a locker at Southview High School while he was officiating a basketball game earlier this year.

      Phillips had a permit and told authorities he forgot the gun was in the bag. However, it is illegal to carry a weapon on school grounds.

      If convicted, he faces up to one year in prison.

      No one has been arrested for the gun theft.

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