Idaho man charged in girl's shooting wants to take back plea

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man charged in a shooting that seriously injured a 10-year-old girl struck by a stray bullet wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

The Idaho Statesman reports ( 20-year-old Mario Garza pleaded guilty to several charges last fall, including aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

He had been scheduled for sentencing Monday but his attorney filed a motion to withdraw the plea.

A hearing on the request is set for March.

Defense attorney Aaron Bazzoli says the decision to now have Garza face trial comes after he reviewed new information in the case.

Garza and Ezri Garcia were charged after a June shootout at a Nampa Walmart where families had gathered to watch a fireworks show. The girl was struck in the shoulder, and surgeons were unable to remove the bullet due to possible nerve damage.

Garcia pleaded guilty and was sentenced to at least seven years in prison.


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