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Man sentenced to 25 years for California weapons charges

A man from Waterford, California, has received a 25-year prison sentence in connection with an alleged shooting back in February 2011. The man, age 28, reportedly accepted a last-minute plea deal in connection with the allegations of assault and other weapons charges. He was accused of first shooting at a police officer and then firing at a group of officers who attempted to apprehend him days after the initial incident.

Investigators say the man fired two shots at a Ceres police officer on Feb. 2, 2011. He then fled the parking lot of a convenience store where the incident occurred; the man had reportedly been undergoing a search when he decided to flee. When officers located him two days later at a home in Keyes, he opened the door and shot at the group of police. A SWAT team was called in, and the man ultimately surrendered after being shot himself.

The man's trial was slated to start with jury selection on Feb. 20. However, his criminal defense attorney was able to negotiate with prosecutors throughout the morning of Feb. 18, and a plea deal was finally reached. The man must serve at least 85 percent of the 25-year prison term before he is eligible for release. After he leaves prison, the man will be subject to four years on parole, and he is prohibited from owning a firearm or ammunition in perpetuity.

This is an excellent example of various strategies that can be used throughout the criminal defense process. The man's attorney worked to iron out a plea agreement at the last minute, and the man was not required to complete a criminal trial. Although guilty pleas are useful in some situations, they are not appropriate for every criminal case involving assault or weapons charges. A California attorney may be able to help defendants learn more about their legal rights and options in connection with their own criminal cases.

Source: The Modesto Bee, "Waterford man accused of shooting at police agrees to plea deal, gets 25 years" Rosalio Ahumada, Feb. 18, 2014

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