Man involved in standoff says he’s not guilty |

Man involved in standoff says he’s not guilty

Marco Joaquin Muiretta, who is accused of firing a weapon and then staging a four-hour standoff with law enforcement on Sept. 11, pleaded not guilty to assault with a firearm Tuesday.

Muiretta, 31, remained in El Dorado County Jail on $82,500 bail.

A Placerville warrant for a probation violation of driving on a suspended license increased the bail by $2,500.

A special circumstance enhancement could add 10 years to Muiretta’s sentence, increasing the maximum time he faces in state prison to 14 years, Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said. Muiretta carried the long-range rifle that he allegedly fired inside a Los Angeles Avenue home, which is the reason for the special circumstance.

Muiretta shared the residence with a woman and her ex-husband. Both adults fled the house when Muiretta allegedly fired the shot, causing a police standoff, evacuation of a morning church service and a two-hour closure of Highway 50.

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