A 23-year-old San Jacinto man who fired a shotgun inside his apartment while arguing with his roommate, prompting lockdowns at three nearby schools, pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless discharge of a firearm and was immediately handed a two-year state prison sentence.
Taje Anjwon Hall admitted the felony count under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, just as a preliminary hearing was set to get underway at the Banning Justice Center to determine if there was enough evidence to proceed to trial.
Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson certified the terms of the plea deal and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Craig McDonald, deputies were called to the apartment complex where Hall resided in the 600 block of North Ramona Boulevard on the afternoon of Oct. 11 to investigate reports of shots fired.
Deputies learned from residents that the defendant was the shooter, and that he had let loose at least two blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun, though no one was injured.
San Jacinto High School, Monte Vista Middle School and San Jacinto Elementary School — all within a mile of the location — were placed on lockdown as a precaution, McDonald said.
Deputies spoke with Hall, who admitted firing the blasts during a domestic squabble, according to the sergeant, and the young man was taken into custody without a struggle.
He had no documented prior felony convictions.