One of two men accused in a Columbus man’s 2011 fatal shooting at a Plateau Drive mobile home park pleaded guilty to aggravated assault today.
Christian Ulloa, 20, who lived in Mexico for nearly a year after 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, but Superior Court Judge John Allen said he may be released on probation in three years and six months.
Ulloa, who has been jailed since voluntarily returning to Georgia this past July, initially was charged with murder, along with a co-defendant, Jorge Mendoza-Infante, who told police Ulloa fired the shot that killed Tucker.
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-Infante, 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-Infante told police.
After Tucker walked up to the driver’s side of the car, Ulloa reached across and fired at Tucker, Mendoza-Infante 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 charge Ulloa previously faced.