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Tattoo shop owner pleads guilty to attacking rival

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POSTED June 5, 2014 8:37 p.m.

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) — The owner of a tattoo shop in Coos County has pleaded guilty to accusations he tried to gun down a competitor.

Business at Bay Area Ink was dropping off, so owner Dave Wonnacott plotted in July to kill the owner of the rival Flying Chicken Tattoo shop in North Bend, prosecutors said.

But Brian Graham survived the attack outside his shop. He told police a man he knew as David Pierce came at him, wearing rubber gloves, pointing a handgun and telling him, “You’re in the wrong town.”

The gun jammed, the two struggled and the attacker fled, the police report said.

Police later found that Pierce was Wonnacott, who had moved to the coastal town after serving time in Nevada on an assault charge.

After he was arrested, Wonnacott plotted in jail to do harm to Graham to keep him from testifying, prosecutors said.

Wonnacott was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison on charges that included attempted murder and conspiring to tamper with a witness, The World newspaper reported.

Prosecutor Mark Monson said the plea deal came together after a forensic examination of a GPS device Wonnacott had used. Even when turned off, Monson said, the device remained in contact with a satellite.

Wonnacott had said he was in Reno, Nevada, at the time of the attack.

The tracking evidence demolished the alibi by showing he had driven from Nevada to North Bend, arrived at the Flying Chicken Tattoo shop at the time of the attack, and then driven back to Reno, Monson said

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