A 28-year-old man who fired multiple shots at a neighbor’s Riverside home, reportedly because he thought voices commanded him to do so, is slated to be sentenced next week to three years in state prison.
James Hardy Kahng pleaded guilty Friday to shooting at an inhabited dwelling and stalking. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop two related counts.
Kahng had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday before Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, but the hearing was vacated based on the plea agreement. Magno scheduled the sentencing hearing for March 10 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Kahng, who is free on his own recognizance, was arrested last June following an investigation into the shooting in the 19000 block of Nassau Street, near Lurin Avenue, in the Orangecrest community.
According to a Riverside Police Department arrest warrant declaration, Kahng had been walking on and off his neighbor’s property, peering through windows and even attempting to force his way into the residence, for months leading up to the May 26 shooting, in which he fired nine shots from a revolver at the victim’s house while it was occupied. No one was injured.
He also took a shot at a friend’s residence for no apparent reason. However, detectives later learned that he had complained to the same friend of “voices speaking to him from his neck,” fueling a desire “to kill people,” according to the declaration.
Kahng underwent a psychiatric evaluation last fall, and he was deemed mentally fit to stand trial, according to court records.
He has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.
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