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Teenager gets 25 years in prison for shooting in Cathedral City

COACHELLA VALLEY, CA — A 19-year-old criminal who shot a man during a confrontation in Cathedral City was sent to state prison on Wednesday to begin serving a 25-year sentence.

Anthony Colon of Thousand Palms pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempted murder, assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a gun and a weapon reinforcing the sentence and allegations of serious bodily harm for the 2021 shooting. In exchange for his confession, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped several related allegations.

Superior Court Judge Otis Sterling of the Larson Justice Center in Indio certified the terms of the plea agreement and immediately imposed the sentence sought by the prosecution and defense.

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According to Cathedral City Police, the attack happened on the afternoon of January 28, 2021, in the 31000 block of Shifting Sands Trail near Ramon Road.

Investigators said Colon was involved in an unspecified argument with the victim, identified only as a Cathedral City man, culminating in the accused pulling a semi-automatic handgun and shooting the man.

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The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury from which he has since recovered.

Colon fled the scene immediately after the shooting, but detectives eventually developed leads pointing to him as the assailant, police say.

He was arrested without incident at his Monte Vista Way home less than a week later.

Information about his previous convictions was not in court records.

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