Friday, October 14, 2011

Quechan employee enters plea agreement

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Andrew Lawrence Paddock
 
The Quechan Tribe employee charged with 26 counts of weapons violations and threats after authorities discovered assault rifles, illegal knives, and sawed-off shotguns has entered into a plea agreement.

Andrew Lawrence Paddock, 58, agreed to withdraw his not guilty plea and entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession of a deadly weapon, according to Imperial County Superior Court documents.

The remaining 25 counts, including the most serious count — threats to commit a crime resulting in death — were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.

Tribal officials declined comment for this article or to confirm Paddock's type of employment with the tribe.

Paddock's case was referred to the probation office for a report and recommendation before the sentencing hearing on Nov. 1, according to court documents.

In addition, the court ordered all of the confiscated weapons be destroyed and remanded Paddock into the sheriff's custody.

The charges stem from a Sept. 8 incident when Imperial County sheriff's officers responded to a call concerning a threat made against a person at a Quechan tribal office.

After a brief investigation, officers arrested Paddock and confiscated several assault rifles, illegal knives, and sawed-off shotguns and rifles from his Winterhaven residence and his work locker.

Darren DaRonco can be reached at 539-6857 or ddaronco@yumasun.com.
 
 

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