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14 years for shooting at Manteca homeowner

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POSTED February 24, 2010 2:17 a.m.
William David Wood, 24, was sentenced to 14 years in state prison Tuesday in San Joaquin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to one count of assault with a firearm and an enhancement of using a firearm during commission of a felony.

The case had already gone through the preliminary hearing stage and a jury trial was set for March 2 when the defendant opted for the guilty plea.

The charges evolved from an early morning shooting Jan. 25 directed at a man warming up his Nissan Armada in a driveway in the 1100 block of Brookhaven Lane.

Wood was reportedly driving in the area in a blue Cadillac SUV that he had stolen earlier in the day in Tracy.  Officers believe that seeing the car idling with no one near he stopped allegedly planning to steal the vehicle.

When he was approached by the owner and verbally confronted officers said he produced a .357 caliber handgun firing one shot at the car’s owner.  The shot narrowly missed its mark as the resident fled back into the safety of his home and called Manteca Police through 911.

Officer Randy Chiek responded to the scene where he located a Tracy Best Western room key where the suspect vehicle had been parked.
Detective Sergeant Tony Souza responded and subsequently wrote a search warrant to the Best Western hotel room in Tracy.  When officers searched the suspect’s room they located the gun, methamphetamines and numerous stolen items, police said.

Wood was contacted that day by Manteca officers via telephone and he later turned himself in to the Stockton Police Department.  During his interrogation Wood admitted his involvement in the shooting, police said.

A total of six felony charges were originally filed against him along with two misdemeanor charges.  Charges included attempted murder, taking of a vehicle without consent, receiving known stolen property, assault with a firearm on a person, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a controlled substance.
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