Gunman in Capitol shooting reaches plea deal

August 8, 2011 9:16:49 AM PDT
A man who fired a pistol into the air in front of the state Capitol, prompting millions of dollars in security upgrades, has reached a plea deal.

Fausto Cardenas agreed to plead guilty to possession of a firearm in a prohibited place for the January 2010 shooting. The prosecutor proposed a sentence of six months in jail and five years of probation. Cardenas has been in jail for the last 18 months and would be given credit for time served.

State District Judge Jim Coronado scheduled a formal sentencing for Sept. 8. Defense attorney Steve Orr said he planned to apply for a bond to gain his client's release until then.

Cardenas was originally charged with making a terroristic threat. Both charges are third degree felonies.

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