BARSTOW • A Barstow man who shot an attempted robber to death has pleaded guilty to drug charges after police found large amounts of narcotics in his home during investigation of the incident.
Paul Arreola, 38, is scheduled to be sentenced in May for keeping a place to sell a controlled substance. He faces 180 days in prison per his plea agreement, said Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty.
In June 2009, Arreola was at his Barstow home on the 1100 block of Teton Drive when he was attacked by Ricardo Lewis, 53, Stefan Copeland, 38, and Henry Jackson III, then 57. Arreola shot and killed Jackson, though he was not charged in his death as police determined he acted out of self-defense.
While investigating the incident, police found a marijuana cultivation system as well as large amounts of narcotics, according to previous reports. Arreola was originally charged with more serious drug crimes, including planting or cultivating marijuana and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. These charges could have landed him in prison for about three to four years. He pleaded guilty to drug charges Friday.
Lewis faces charges of attempted robbery and murder for the death of his comrade through the provocative act doctrine. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. If convicted, he could face 25 years to life in prison.
Copeland pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter earlier this month, though he originally faced murder and attempted robbery charges as well. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
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