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Barstow man accepts plea

Sentenced to three years in prison for stabbing

Staff Writer

BARSTOW • A Barstow man charged with assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a believed continual foe plead guilty to the lesser charge of false imprisonment on Monday, according to court records.

Douglas “DJ” Zamora, 28, was sentenced to three years in prison with 194 days credited for time served and good behavior. The false imprisonment charge stemmed from the victim’s physical inability to leave the situation after Zamora challenged him to fight, according to Deputy District Attorney Joel Buckingham.

“Ultimately, the victim was consulted with,” Buckingham said, in reference to the plea deal. “He wanted it to happen. It allowed everyone involved to reach a resolution.”

On Aug. 28, Zamora and the victim, a 20-year-old Barstow man, met by apparent coincidence at a small gathering on the 1800 block of Sunrise Street. The two had been believed to be involved in an ongoing feud. Zamora and another man arrived after the victim, then Zamora and the other man confronted the victim, police said.

The two walked out to the street to fight, but Barstow Police Det. Keith Libby said Zamora “brought a knife to a fist fight.”

The victim suffered minor puncture wounds in his abdomen and cuts on his forearms, Libby said. He was taken first to Barstow Community Hospital where hospital personnel then contacted police, according to a police report.

The victim was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. His injuries were serious, though not life threatening, and he was later released from treatment.

Zamora — whose rap sheet in San Bernardino County also includes prior convictions for burglary, vandalism, spousal battery, driving under the influence and obstructing or resisting a peace officer — was originally charged with attempted murder in the incident.

Buckingham said Zamora’s prior convictions were taken into account, but his sentence was largely due to the conduct.

Neither Zamora nor the victim had gang ties, according to Libby.

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