PALMDALE- One of two young men charged with the attempted murder of a teenage girl in a 2014 car-to-car shooting in Palmdale entered a no contest plea Monday and was immediately sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Fernando Albarran, 23, entered his plea to one count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to a court clerk.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Chang ordered Albarran, who has been jailed on $6 million bail since his arrest, to return to court for a restitution hearing on Nov. 30.
Jury selection for the trial of his co-defendant, Jaime Alberto Espinoza, is scheduled to begin Wednesday at the Lancaster courthouse.
Espinoza, 22, is facing five counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting at a vehicle.
Prosecutors allege the pair were in a vehicle that pulled up alongside a car near 17th Street East and Avenue R just after noon on Dec. 19, 2014, then one shot was fired.
A girl sitting in the front passenger seat was struck in her head and hospitalized in critical condition in what police said was a gang-related shooting. Albarran and Espinoza, both of Palmdale, were arrested several hours later.
Four other people, including a John Doe, are listed in the criminal complaint as attempted murder victims.
Espinoza had multiple prior arrests and was sentenced to 30-day jail stints at least twice on misdemeanor charges, according to Los Angeles County jail and court records.
Albarran had at least one previous arrest — on March 6, 2013, for which he was sentenced to 486 days in jail.
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