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Suspect Pleads Guilty In Wright Shooting

Suspect Pleads Guilty In Wright Shooting

One of the suspects in the shooting death of an Amador County man withdrew his plea of not guilty this week.  According to court documents, 18-year-old Tristan Batten of Vallejo, plead guilty to the charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, 2nd degree robbery and 2nd degree robbery where a weapon was present, in the murder robbery of Dennis Wright Jr., back in January.  Batten, one of seven suspects now in custody, was arrested Feb.16 at his home in Vallejo.  Police investigators say on January 30th, Wright had traveled to South Lake Tahoe from Amador County with his girlfriend to sell 100 pounds of marijuana to prospective buyers.  Men tried to rob the couple at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Beverly Lodge and there was a struggle.  At least one person fired multiple shots at Wright and the suspects fled the scene.  Wright was transported to Barton Hospital where he died from those gunshot wounds.  Batten will be back in court March 23rd, for a status review on his sentencing.  Even though the terms of his amended plea agreement are sealed and labeled as confidential, the judge told Batten the maximum sentence for his crimes is life in prison.  The other suspects are expected to appear in court over the next few months.


Written by Joey Guidi

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