HOLTVILLE — Although a Holtville man was found not guilty of attempted murder on a peace officer, he still faces at least 45 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty on six of eight felony counts, a county prosecutor said.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 19 for 39-year-old
Alex Padilla, who was arrested Nov. 28, 2018, after a county sheriff’s deputy
reported a man he approached on a Holtville street assaulted him, wrested away
his gun and fired at him before fleeing in the deputy’s patrol car.
Padilla faced eight felony counts and enhancements in
the case, including attempted murder, of which a jury found him not guilty on
Jan. 28, said Twyla Johnson, deputy Imperial County district attorney.
However, Padilla was found guilty of assault on a
peace officer with a deadly weapon (a knife) with an enhancement of causing
great bodily injury; and guilty of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic
firearm with an enhancement of personal discharge of a firearm, Johnson said
The last count alone comes with 45 years to life in
prison, Johnson said. She added Padilla being found guilty of assault with a
firearm is a third-strike offense that comes with 25 years to life in prison
and the enhancement adds 20 years.
Padilla was also found guilty of criminal threats;
guilty of resisting an executive officer with an enhancement of great bodily
injury; and guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, she said.
Johnson said Padilla was found not guilty of the
unlawful taking of a police vehicle.
Padilla’s 2018 arrest followed a frantic search for
the convicted felon that ended without incident inside a nearby church where
dozens of evening worshippers were gathered.