Several counts dropped in plea agreement

The Taft man accused of shooting a Maricopa man in the face with a paint gun and then hitting him with a car on July 16 received a 16-month jail term in a plea agreement Monday.
Mario Gurrola entered a plea of no contest to one felony count of being an accessory and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, hit and run resulting in injury and child endangerment were dismissed.

Gurrola, 32, was also fined $370.

He was arrested on July 17, the day after the victim told Kern County Sheriff's deputies Gurrola had driven past his car and shot him several times in the face with a paint gun.

A short time later, Sgt. Marc Haiungs said, the victim confronted Gurrola parking lot of a drive-in where he stood in front of Gurrola’s vehicle in an attempt to prevent him from leaving before before deputies arrived.

At that point, Haiungs said, Gurrola pulled forward, striking the victim in the legs before fleeing.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Mercy Southwest Hospital

where he was treated for minor to moderate injuries to his legs.