February 22, 2024
A shrine honoring Annette Pershal, who died in Serra Mesa in Might. Photograph credit score: Display screen shot, nbcsandiego.com

A 19-year-old man charged with driving an acquaintance to the placement an unhoused girl was fatally shot with a pellet gun was sentenced Friday to 1 yr in county jail and probation.

Ryan Hopkins pleaded responsible to assault with a lethal weapon in reference to the Might 7 capturing of 68-year-old Annette Pershal, who officers discovered unconscious on the morning of Might 8 at her encampment on Sandrock Street.

Pershal had been shot in her head, leg and torso, with one pellet rupturing her aorta, in keeping with Deputy District Legal professional Roza Egiazarian. She died in a hospital three days later.

Prosecutors say Hopkins drove 18-year-old co-defendant William Innes to the scene after Innes allegedly introduced over a gaggle chat “I’m going hobo searching with a pellet gun.” Pershal was shot shortly after the message was despatched, in keeping with prosecutors.

Hopkins and Innes have been arrested in August.

Innes is charged with homicide and numerous firearm-related counts and stays in custody with out bail.

Hopkins’ sentence features a suspended three-year jail time period, which might be imposed if he violates his phrases of probation.

Hopkins’ protection lawyer, Vikas Bajaj, argued at his consumer’s sentencing listening to that Hopkins by no means noticed Innes’ alleged “hobo searching” message and “had no thought” of any plan to hurt anybody.

Bajaj alleged that whereas they have been within the automobile, Innes instructed Hopkins, “Hey, watch this,” then started firing the pellet gun earlier than Hopkins may intervene or react.

However Egiazarian mentioned Hopkins would have had ample time to cease the capturing as a result of the pellet gun requires particular person reloading of every pellet. The prosecutor mentioned Innes fired six to eight pellets at Pershal.

Egiazarian additionally mentioned Hopkins and his associates knew who Pershal was — referring to her in textual content messages as “the frog woman” — and that it was identified in the neighborhood that she usually stayed on the location the place the capturing occurred.

Pershal, affectionately known as “Granny Annie” or the “Queen of Serra Mesa” by family and friends, grew up in the neighborhood the place she was killed, in keeping with her daughter, Brandy Nazworth.

Nazworth mentioned on the listening to that she had tried to get her mom to maneuver in together with her in Louisiana, however Pershal “couldn’t think about leaving the neighborhood she grew up in.”

She referred to as her mom “a hippie and a free spirit” and described her as a “human library of San Diego historical past and tales,” who was beneficiant with others regardless of her circumstances.

“She was an individual, not only a factor for use for goal follow,” Nazworth mentioned.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.