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Shooter avoids trial with no contest plea

A man pleaded no contest last week to a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon by use of a firearm when he shot at his roommate and her ex-husband last fall.

Marco Joaquin Muiretta, who maintained an armed four-hour standoff with law enforcement on Sept. 11, 2002, faced a maximum of 14 years in state prison but now faces up to five years in exchange for his no contest plea. Sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

The 31-year-old’s trial was scheduled to begin today. He remains in El Dorado County Jail on $152,500 bail.



Muiretta had a long-range rifle that he fired inside a Los Angeles Drive home on Sept. 11 about 6:15 a.m.

He shared the residence with a female roommate and her ex-husband. The shot went into the shirt of the ex-husband, pierced a wall and entered a nearby residence. No one was at that home at the time. After the shooting, the two fled the house while Muiretta stayed behind.




The shooting caused a police standoff, evacuation of a nearby church service and a two-hour closure of a portion of Highway 50.


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