Man pleads no contest in Bakersfield gas station shooting

Crime Watch

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man who twice stood trial in connection with a gas station shooting pleaded no contest Thursday to assault charges.

The Superior Court website says Julio Munoz pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with a firearm on a person. Charges of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle were dismissed.

Prosecutors say Munoz will be sentenced to six years in prison.

Munoz’s attorney, David A. Torres, said his client had faced life but will be out of custody in less than a year with time served.

A jury in October 2020 found Munoz guilty of carrying a loaded gun but hung on the remaining charges, and a retrial in September also ended with the jury unable to reach verdicts on those charges. A mistrial was declared each time.

In 2019, Munoz, then 23, was arrested following a shooting at a Chevron in south Bakersfield that wounded two men. Police arrested him in Lamont and seized four guns during the investigation.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 15.

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