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Plea agreement announced in 2013 Woodland shootings

A man accused of shooting at several people in Woodland in September 2013 has accepted a plea agreement that calls for him to serve 37 years in state prison.

Mitchell Allen Contreras, 28, of Woodland pleaded to three counts of assault with a firearm, three enhancements for criminal street gang activity and two enhancements for personal use of a firearm, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. Contreras also admitted he had a prior “strike” offense for a residential burglary in 2007.

The crimes occurred the evening of Sept. 27, 2013. A Woodland homeowner was on his way home that evening, wearing a blue Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap, and was followed by Contreras and another man, who confronted him outside his home.

The two men challenged the homeowner by asking where he was from, a common gang challenge, authorities said. When the homeowner did not answer and turned to go into the house, one of the two men shot the wall next to the door with a shotgun. The homeowner was not hurt and the two men left.

Later that evening, Contreras and another man driving Contreras’ car went to a different street in Woodland and confronted people outside a party. An argument ensued and a witness reported hearing one of the two men shout “Bosque,” referring to the Vario Bosque Norteños, a Woodland street gang, authorities said. At this point, according to the witness, Contreras fired a gun and two people were struck.

One bullet hit a victim in the left leg and the other bullet struck a cell phone in the second victim’s left front pocket. The cell phone stopped the bullet, but caused a fragment to ricochet into the victim’s arm, authorities said.

Contreras is to be sentenced Dec. 8 by Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Reed, who presided over the case.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy