A man who tried to shoot the patron of a Lake Elsinore business was sentenced Friday to 19 years, eight months in state prison.

Joseph David Telles, 35, of El Cerrito pleaded guilty in July to assault with a firearm, recklessly discharging a firearm and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a pistol in the commission of a felony. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges of attempted murder and gun assault.

Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

Telles was arrested last December following a nearly three-week-long sheriff’s investigation into the attack in the 31000 block of Riverside Drive, just off of Lakeshore Drive.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Seckinger, about 6 p.m. on Dec. 2, Telles went to the business and opened fire with a handgun, targeting a man inside whose identity was not released. Another person was also in the line of fire.

After several rounds were expended, Telles fled the scene, Seckinger said, adding that no one was hurt. The sergeant said deputies swept the area, but could not locate the gunman.

Over the next several weeks, detectives gathered information from witnesses and developed leads pointing to Telles as the perpetrator. A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.

The defendant was arrested without incident on Dec. 20 at his workplace on Minneapolis Street in Corona.

According to court records, he has a prior misdemeanor conviction for drug-related activity.

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