Second suspect pleads to assault in fatal 2011 mobile home park shooting

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 12, 2012 

The second of two suspects charged in a Columbus man’s 2011 fatal shooting at a Plateau Drive mobile home park pleaded guilty to aggravated assault today and got the same sentence given his accomplice, according to court records.

Jorge Mendoza, who like co-defendant Christian Ulloa initially was charged with murder in the June 24, 2011, shooting of Alton Lewis Tucker in the Pine Grove Mobile Home Park at 3150 Plateau Drive, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with three years and six months to serve.

Police said they were called to the trailer park to check a report of shots fired and found Tucker with a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest. He died hours later.

Investigators got anonymous tips that led them to suspect Mendoza, who told them he drove the green Honda Accord witnesses reported seeing in the trailer park before the shooting. Ulloa was in the front passenger’s seat, and they were trying to buy drugs, Mendoza told police.

After Tucker walked up to the driver’s side of the car, Ulloa reached across and fired at Tucker, Mendoza said.

Prosecutors and police said multiple witnesses saw the shooting, but few have been available for follow-up interviews, leaving a dearth of evidence to back the murder charges.

Ulloa pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault and got the same sentence.

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