BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — After three mistrials, a Bakersfield man on Friday pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of an 83-year-old man.
Mario Avalos Jr., 24, entered the no contest plea in exchange for the dismissal of charges including first-degree murder, which could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life. Now he faces a four-year prison term.
Juries deadlocked on the charges against Avalos in two trials held last year and another earlier this year.
Prosecutors said Avalos stayed for three months in a trailer at the home of Ronald Lynn True before he attacked the elder man in July 2019. True died of his injuries a week later.
The defense had argued surveillance video showed Avalos was at a Fastrip at the time of the assault.
Sentencing is scheduled July 2.