Plea change entered in 2012 shooting incident

2014-04-08T13:30:00Z 2014-04-08T18:48:04Z Plea change entered in 2012 shooting incidentGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 08, 2014 1:30 pm  • 

A man charged in 2012 with firing a handgun into the air during a confrontation at a family gathering changed his plea on Tuesday, admitting to one felony charge of criminal endangerment.

Bobby Joe Garcia, 19, admitted to the charge before District Judge Gregory Todd as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that calls for a pair of three-year deferred sentences for that case, as well as for an unrelated November 2012 felony drug possession charge.

Garcia was originally charged with felony assault with a weapon, along with the endangerment charge, which the plea deal calls to be dismissed.

Charging documents say that Garcia fired numerous shots during an argument with his aunt in December of 2012 after she confronted him at a family gathering on Third Avenue South.

Todd allowed Garcia to remain free on an already-posted bond and set a sentencing date of June 17.

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