CALDWELL -- A Greenleaf man police say shot a teenager in a March hold-up gone wrong pleaded guilty to felony robbery Monday.
Isaiah Zuniga, 21, admitted to the charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors to drop several other charges connected to the shooting.
Police say Zuniga had planned to flash a handgun to convince the 17-year-old victim to give up money and marijuana the teen was known to keep in a safe in his Arrowhead Drive home. But according to witness accounts, the boy attempted to rush Zuniga when the defendant confronted him with the gun.
The 17-year-old was shot during the struggle. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a fractured spine, pierced lungs, and a broken rib and shoulder.
Zuniga was arrested in the days following the shooting, along with 18-year-old Justin Matthew Archila of Middleton, 36-year-old Tanya Sue Maddox of Caldwell, and a 17-year-old Caldwell boy whose name was not released.
According to court documents, Zuniga initially denied having anything to do with the shooting, telling officers he was at his mother's house at the time of the robbery. He faces up to life in prison at his Nov. 22 sentencing.
Maddox, who was accused of acting as the getaway driver, pleaded guilty in August to harboring a felon and conspiracy to deliver drugs. Archila, who police said helped set up the fake drug deal that led to the robbery, pleaded guilty to robbery the same month.
Information about the charges faced by the 17-year-old suspect was not available because he is a juvenile.
Maddox and Archila are both set for sentencing in October.
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