RIVERSIDE – A two-year prison term was handed down today for a man who fired a shot after breaking into a Perris apartment with an accomplice and threatening to kill an occupant.
Tyler Rene Montejano, 29, of San Jacinto pleaded guilty in June to assault with a gun. In exchange for his admission, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges of burglary, making criminal threats and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Superior Court Judge Samuel Diaz certified the terms of the plea deal and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
Montejano’s co-defendant, 24-year-old Lawrence Arthur Lamberson, is slated to be arraigned next Monday on charges of making criminal threats and burglary. He’s free on a $50,000 bond.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Curt Harris, on the night of April 29, Montejano and Lamberson went to an apartment in the 100 block of Jarvis Street and knocked repeatedly on the front and back doors, waking a couple.
The female occupant went to the front door, at which point Montejano and Lamberson kicked it in, then rushed inside and screamed that they were going to kill the victim’s boyfriend, Harris alleged.
While looking for the man, Montejano “fired his weapon,” but the shot went wild, and no one was injured, according to the sergeant.
He said the defendants immediately fled the residence and were identified as the alleged burglars less than two weeks later. Montejano was arrested in Moreno Valley on May 9.
Lamberson remained at large for several additional weeks before he was also taken into custody. He posted bail the same day and was released from jail.
Montejano has no documented prior felony convictions.