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Man who shot at residents during break-in sentenced


Last updated 10/17/2018 at 10:16am

MURRIETA - A man who opened fire on two occupants of a Temecula home during a break-in earlier this year was sentenced on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to eight years and four months in state prison.

Dalex Mendoza, 20, pleaded guilty last week to assault with a firearm, burglary and a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office dropped another firearm assault count, as well as one count each of reckless gunfire, grand theft and illegal possession of a gun.

Superior Court Judge John Monterosso certified the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Jon Wade, Mendoza forced his way into a two-story residence in the 40300 block of Wenham Way, near Savoy Lane, on the night of April 11.

Wade said the defendant pulled a pistol when he was confronted by two women, whose identities were not disclosed, and opened fire. No one was hit.

Mendoza fled the property and eluded deputies as they converged on the home.

He was identified as the burglar within a couple of days, and alerts were broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

On April 17, the defendant attempted to cross the border into Mexico by way of San Ysidro, where he was spotted by U.S. Border Patrol agents and detained, ultimately handed over to sheriff's deputies.

According to court records, Mendoza has a prior misdemeanor conviction for battery.


Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

Gent w/prior battery rap caught trying to sneak into Mexico, then sentenced to 8 yrs 4 mos in prison after trial in French Valley (otherwise known as an area within Temecula's official sphere of influence which uses an incorrect Murrieta addressing only because the post office finds that zip coding convenient) for shooting his gun during a confrontation with two women after breaking into a home in Temecula. Prediction: Soon to gain early release with a 'Thanks!' for having served some time.


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