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Guilty Plea In North San Juan Shooting Incident

Over two years after his arrest, a Smartsville man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a shooting and kidnapping incident in North San Juan. Eric Moffatt, 56 at the time he was taken into custody, was originally charged with assault with a firearm, kidnapping, and being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. But, under a negotiated agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, he pleaded to one charge of shooting at an occupied vehicle and also agreed to serve a five-year prison sentence. Formal sentencing is scheduled for January 24th, at which time the judge must still approve the agreement. District Attorney Jesse Wilson declined comment on any details about the incident. But Grass Valley Police Sergeant Clint Bates says they assisted in the original incident, in September of 2019, which was outside a home on North Bloomfield Road…

click to listen to Sgt Bates

Bates says the driver, later identified as Moffatt, failed to yield to the officer and didn’t stop until he’d pulled up in front of the Emergency Department of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital…

click to listen to Sgt Bates

And soon after, Bates says another woman was found under some blankets, zip-tied on the rear passenger floorboard. Bates says she was believed to be an ex-girlfriend of Moffatt’s. Moffatt’s relationship to the woman shot in the hand is not known.

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