Tahoe casino garage shooter pleads guilty, faces 10 years in prison
April 3, 2008
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – A 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man pleaded guilty Monday to battery with a deadly weapon.
Eric Zamudio faces up to 10 years in prison at his sentencing May 19.
District Judge Michael Gibbons refused to lower Zamudio’s $75,000 bail.
Originally, a gang enhancement was added to the charge, but it was dropped in the plea agreement.
Lawyer Tod Young said two groups of young men had a confrontation in a Stateline casino parking garage on Feb. 22.
One of the young men held a stun gun to the neck of a friend of Zamudio. After he was released, Zamudio discharged the shotgun which ricocheted off the wall and ceiling of the garage, striking the victim in the face with pellets.
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Young said the man wasn’t injured seriously and refused medical treatment.
Prosecutor Kris Brown said the gang enhancement could add up to 20 years to the sentence.
In addition to Zamudio’s gang affiliation, Brown said she was concerned he carried a loaded shotgun concealed under his clothing through the casino core.