A 25-year-old Newhall woman admitted to shooting her boyfriend to death in the parking lot of a Canoga Park bar last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Reyanna Villarreal pleaded no contest to one count of involuntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation of using a firearm before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Terrell.
Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer, who prosecuted the case, said Villarreal is expected to be sentenced to five years in state prison under the terms of the negotiated plea agreement on Jan. 22 in Department D of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch.
The defendant shot her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jose Mendoza, on March 5, 2018, in a parking lot near a bar in the 22000 block of Roscoe Boulevard. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died.
Villarreal has stated that the shooting was unintentional, District Attorney’s Office spokesman Paul Eakins told KTLA News.
“According to testimony at the preliminary hearing, there were no witnesses to the shooting,” Eakins said. “The defendant called 911 and requested help, stating that the shooting was an accident.”
“Friends of the couple testified that they hadn’t heard any arguments between the defendant and the victim that evening,” Eakins said.
Villarreal faced a possible maximum sentence of 40 years to life in state prison if she had been convicted as charged, according to the DA’s office.
Case PA090560 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.