Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - October 15, 2010

Police Bulletin

Pleasanton men get prison time for BB gun assault

Two of the three Pleasanton residents charged with shooting a learning disabled man 20 or more times with BB guns will be doing time for the crime.

Jonathan Fala pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and will receive one strike in California's three-strike system for his role in the crime. Fala was ordered to serve three years and eight months in prison and five years of probation.

A second man involved in the attack, Sergio Ramirez, pleaded no contest to one count of physical abuse of a dependent adult. Ramirez was sentenced to three years in prison.

The charges came after a Feb. 18 incident, when the 19-year-old victim ran into a local business bleeding from the hand, saying he'd been shot and trying to hide from his attackers. Police said at the time he'd been shot 20 to 25 times with "BB type guns."

Police discovered the man had been driven to a remote area off Foothill Road; his attackers told him to stand near a tree and began shooting. The victim had BBs lodged in his hand and leg and also received injuries to his head, neck and back.

The man has since recovered.

A 16-year-old Pleasanton girl was also charged in the attack; no information on her case was available.

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