Tuesday, July 03, 2007

AND - Another plea agreement

Defendant pleads no contest to plea
by Kara Machado, 7/2/2007

On the day he was to start trial proceedings, an Arcata man pleaded no contest to a plea agreement that dropped an attempted murder charge.

Based on Monday’s negotiated plea agreement, a judge will not be able to sentence Blake Gregory Moreland, 21, to more than seven years in state prison, said Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Arnie Klein — the minimum Moreland could potentially face, Klein said, is probation.... Moreland pleaded no contest Monday morning to a plea agreement of assault with a deadly weapon — a .380-caliber handgun — and admitted a special allegation that he personally used a handgun in the commission of a crime, Klein said... A special allegation increases the time a defendant faces at sentencing.

...Past reports indicate Moreland was charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm out of a vehicle and negligent discharge of a firearm... According to previous reports, Moreland and a male victim were driving in separate vehicles in the Manila area when, at one point, Moreland shot at the victim — who had a woman, a 17-year-old girl and a 2-year-old child as passengers in his vehicle.


  1. So he shot at a car with three persons in it, and because fortune smiled and no one got hit, he's allowed to plead NOLO, not even guilty, to one count of assault and one special allegation.

    Ok, he's only 21. What kind of prior record has he? What was he doing with a .380 auto anyway?

    And, really, no excuse whatsoever for accepting a nolo plea. If the youth wants compassion, he can start earning it by admitting what he did.

  2. what the hell?

    how long are we supposed to take this? Until we are also shot at.

    Its is time for a recall

  3. Incredible, isn't it? Let's hope the judge imposes the maximum sentence allowable under this deal. The judges are our last hope in a system that is failing under this DA.

  4. If this is what criminals get in HC for shooting at people in public, what do they get for burglary or forgery or wife/spousal assault?

  5. Justice for all.
    Seriously, that's funny, I don't care who you are. Funny sad, maybe, but funny.

  6. robin shelley7/03/2007 4:40 PM

    Well.... if that's all one gets for shooting at people in Humboldt Co., maybe Paul Gallegos should be worried?

  7. He's not worried, he's on vacation.

  8. And again and again and again. What a lazy P.O.S

  9. robin shelley7/10/2007 5:33 PM

    Cripes! Is the guy still in Napa?!!

  10. robin shelley7/10/2007 5:37 PM

    I hope I don't have to explain yet another joke to you, 5:09!


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