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A convicted felon who shot a man during a confrontation in Moreno Valley where children were present pleaded guilty Wednesday to firearm assault and other offenses and was immediately sentenced to six years in state prison.

Luis Alberto Duran Villalobos, 34, of Moreno Valley admitted the assault count, as well as one count of child endangerment and a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for Villalobos’ admissions, prosecutors dropped three related charges.

Superior Court Judge Sean Crandell certified the terms of the plea deal and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

According to Sgt. Christopher Varela of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, on the afternoon of Sept. 22, Villalobos was involved in an unspecified confrontation with the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, on Frederick Street, near Sunnymead Boulevard. During the encounter, the defendant pulled a handgun and shot the victim, Varela said.

Court records indicated that two minors were present when the shooting occurred, but they were not injured. Varela said Villalobos fled the location before deputies arrived.

The victim was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment and has since recovered.

A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.

In the ensuing investigation, detectives identified Villalobos as the assailant, culminating in a search warrant being obtained and served at his apartment in the 12700 block of Frederick on Oct. 6, Varela said.

The defendant was taken into custody without incident.

According to court records, he has prior convictions for identity theft and felony vandalism.

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