A 22-year-old man booked on suspicion of killing a transient in Newport Beach agreed to a plea deal late last month in an unrelated knife attack over the objections of prosecutors, according to court records obtained Tuesday.

Ezekial Izaiah Person pleaded guilty Sept. 23 to a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon as well as misdemeanor counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and driving without a valid driver’s license. As part of the plea deal extended by Orange County Superior Court Judge Gassia Apkarian, a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury on the victim was dismissed.

Person was sentenced to 168 days in jail, or time he had already served in the case, and was immediately released from custody. He was also placed on two years of formal probation and ordered to complete a 10-week anger management program.

Co-defendant Joshua Harris pleaded guilty Sept. 24 for the Aug. 18, 2020, attack in Anaheim to attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury on the victim and was sentenced to a year in jail.

When Person accepted his plea deal he also cleared up pending cases for drug possession and misdemeanor counts of assault and battery for an Oct. 14, 2020, attack in unincorporated Orange and a misdemeanor case in Tustin on Jan. 29, 2020, of loitering on private property, unlawful tampering with a vehicle and resisting arrest, according to court records.

Person, who listed his occupation as security guard, was being held without bail, according to jail records. He was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, but court records do not indicate he has been charged yet in the killing of 59-year-old transient Ruben Gonzalez early Saturday.

Newport Beach police were called minutes after midnight Saturday when the victim was found unconscious near Newport Pier, according to police. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Gonzalez got into some sort of an altercation with Person.

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