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Knights Landing man who shot self while using meth headed to jail

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 7:10 pm

A Knights Landing man who reportedly shot himself after using methamphetamine has been convicted of drug and firearms offenses.

A Yolo County jury on Tuesday found Alejandro Garcia Yanez, 24, guilty of one felony count of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The crimes stem from a Jan. 29, 2013, incident in which Yanez shot himself, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. Yolo County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Knights Landing after a woman called 911 and said her boyfriend had been shot. When deputies arrived, they found Yanez lying on a bed, screaming and bleeding profusely, with a .22 caliber rifle lying nearby.

While providing medical aid to Yanez, deputies were able to confirm that he had been using methamphetamine and shot himself through the left forearm while cleaning the rifle, officials said.

Yanez was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center while deputies remained at his home and collected evidence, including the weapon, an expended firearm’s casing, methamphetamine, and a light bulb that had been converted into a methamphetamine smoking pipe.

During the investigation, deputies also discovered that in a separate but similar incident about a year earlier, Yanez shot himself in the knee, also while using methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg, who presided over the trial, sentenced Yanez to three years formal probation and a 150 days in county jail.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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