Rogers Man Sentenced in Shooting
Posted: August 30, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
BENTONVILLE A Rogers man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges filed in connection with a man’s shooting.
Eric Yanez, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to battery in the first degree and manufacture of a controlled substance. The plea was under an agreement that Yanez’s attorney, Joel Huggins, reached with David Reading, deputy prosecutor.
Yanez was arrested May 30, 2012.
Keith Foster, public information officer for the Rogers Police Department, previously said the investigation showed Yanez, Nicholas Watson, 23, of Rogers, and David Grajeda, 22, of Rogers, were in a small circle with their heads near each other. Yanez fired a .357-caliber handgun revolver under Grajeda’s chin. There was no bullet in the chamber. Grajeda started to tilt his head back as Yanez pulled the trigger a second time. There was a bullet in that chamber.
Grajeda was struck in the chin. He initially told police he shot himself, according to court documents.
Grajeda told police Yanez said he wanted to show them something. Grajeda said that’s when Yanez pulled the gun, according to court documents.
Police also found marijuana in the residence at 2503 W. Sunset Drive where the shooting took place.
Yanez was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and he must abide by a suspended sentence agreement for 10 years after his release.
Yanez must pay $39,659.99 in victim restitution and $1,625 in court-associated costs.