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Shooting investigation leads to felony assault, drug charges

Shooting investigation leads to felony assault, drug charges

April 10th, 2013 in News

By DAVID A. WILSON

Democrat Staff

Felony charges have been filed in Moniteau County Court against Hector Cruz Castro, 31, California, as a result of a reported shooting and followup vehicle search resulting in discovery of controlled substances.

According to Court documents, shots fired were reported at 2 a.m. Saturday, March 30. At 4:10 p.m. the victim of the alleged shooting reported the incident to the police, indicating it happened during a fight at a party on Howard Street. The perpetrator is alleged to have pulled a handgun on the victim, firing at least two shots, one of which grazed him on the side of the head, before others present held him back. The victim sustained a concussion.

The alleged perpetrator was arrested at 4:40 p.m. March 31, and a Drug Task Force search of a vehicle and residence on Hollis Street found 60 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug parphernalia and a "lot of cell phones" as well as "Departure Order" for July 2013 from the Department of Homeland Security.

On Monday, April 1, Castro was charged with Class B Felony Assault in the First Degree, unclassified Felony of Armed Criminal Action, Class B Felony Distribution, Delivery, Manufacture, Produce or Attempt to or Possess with Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture, Produce a Controlled Substance and Class C Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana.

If convicted on these charges, the defendant could face up to five to 15 years in prison on the Class B Felony charges, up to seven years and a $5,000 fine on the Class C Felony charge and not less than three years without possibility of parole or probation on the unclassified Felony charge.

He was arraigned April 2 and ordered held without bond.