SANTA CRUZ -- A former Felton resident who shot a man in the leg during a marijuana robbery pleaded no contest to robbery and other allegations Tuesday in exchange for a promised sentence of eight to 10 years in prison.
Joseph Mohrmann, 20, was arrested in March of 2011, in Montana, after a search by Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies.
On Feb. 18, 2011, Mohrmann and his then-girlfriend arranged to meet two other teens to buy marijuana when Mohrmann grabbed a bag of drugs and then shot one of the teens in the leg as the teen chased him, according to preliminary hearing testimony.
Several people came to court Tuesday in support of Mohrmann, including one young woman with tears in her eyes who shook her head forcefully while staring at Mohrmann, as if to convince him not to admit to the charges.
After an earlier hearing, Mohrmann's mother said it seemed unfair that the drug sellers were able to cut a deal with prosecutors to testify and remain free to sell drugs.
Mohrmann will be sentenced Jan. 16. He admitted to second degree robbery and to special allegations that he used a firearm and caused great bodily injury.
Judge Paul Burdick said he would sentence him to eight years, if there were "no meaningful surprises" in the Probation Department's pre-sentencing report. Mohrmann will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence because he has been convicted of a serious and violent felony, Burdick told him.
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