Shooter held on weapons charge |

Shooter held on weapons charge

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A judge ruled Monday that David Bayless has committed two felonies and will be held to answer on a charge of illegally possessing a shotgun.

Bayless, 71, of South Lake Tahoe, used the gun to shoot his grandson, Joshua Stone, just above his right hip. The wound left Stone, 28, of Champaign, Ill., in pain and paralyzed from the waist down.

Bayless said he shot Stone to stop him from hurting a friend visiting his apartment. Police say the woman was uninjured in the incident, which took place on Pentagon Road.

Last week at a preliminary hearing, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow indicated there may be sufficient evidence to charge Bayless with additional crimes, such as attempted murder.

The prosecutor handling the case has not yet filed any new charges, but Bayless is not expected to be arraigned until Aug. 1. If convicted of the weapons charge, Bayless could be sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison.

Prison records submitted as evidence indicate Bayless served time for two crimes. In 1977, Bayless was convicted of a lewd act with a minor at Reno and sentenced to five years in prison. In 1989, he was convicted of statutory rape in Washoe County and sentenced to seven years in prison.

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