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Man gets 5 years for assault over broken car

VICTORVILLE • A 33-year-old Adelanto man was sentenced to five years in state prison for shooting at another man over a car he had bought from the victim.

The prosecution made an offer on the first of the jury trial, Deputy District Attorney Kurt Maier said, and defendant Patrick Eugene Coleman took it. Coleman pleaded guilty to one felony count of assault with a gun.

Judge Eric Nakata sentenced him immediately Monday based on the plea bargain.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials, Coleman bought a vehicle from another Adelanto resident in May 2011, but it stopped running in less than a week. The two got into an altercation, which escalated into a physical fight.

Coleman pulled out a gun, shot at the victim and missed him, sheriff’s officials said. The defendant left the area before deputies arrived.

He was arrested in Albany, N.Y., and returned to San Bernardino County in August 2011.

Coleman had been arrested several times for various crimes including burglary and making criminal threats.

On Monday, he also pleaded guilty to an unrelated misdemeanor driving under the influence charge. His 180-day jail sentence will run concurrently with his prison term.

Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.


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