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July 18, 2011

A Norwalk man pleaded guilty today to assault on a peace officer and was sentenced to 25 years in state prison

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 6:32 pm

NORWALK – A man who fled to Mexico after shooting and wounding a Sheriff’s deputy a decade ago pleaded guilty today to assault on a peace officer and was sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Frank Tavelman of the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section (CAPOS) said Emigdio Preciado Jr., 41, was sentenced by Norwalk Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza after the deputy who was wounded and others told the court how the crimes had affected their lives.

Preciado and two other men were charged in 2000 with the Sept. 5, 2000, shooting of Deputy Michael Schapp. Two defendants were arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to state prison. Preciado, identified as the shooter, fled to Mexico, where he lived until arrested and returned to Los Angeles last year.

The shooting occurred in Whittier when Schapp and his partner, Deputy David Timberlake, made a traffic stop of a van. Schapp was shot in the face. Timberlake was not wounded.

Preciado has remained in custody since he was returned last year. He entered the pleas on the day his preliminary hearing was scheduled to start.

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