Camp Pendleton Marine pleads guilty to shooting up apartment last Christmas

VISTA (CNS) – A Camp Pendleton-based Marine who shot up his apartment in
Vista on Christmas night, prompting a standoff with sheriff's deputies,
pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of shooting at an occupied dwelling.

Christopher Michael Johnson has been accepted into San Diego's Veterans
Court program, which helps members of the military with mental illness get
treatment and reintegrate back into the community as productive citizens.

It's up to Judge Carlos Armour whether to allow Johnson to go into the
program, said Deputy District Attorney Marnie Layon. He could also opt to
sentence the 26-year-old defendant to as much as seven years in prison.

As a condition of bail, Johnson — who has a minimal criminal record —
must continue to abstain from alcohol, not possess any firearms and stay
confined to the Camp Pendleton base pending his May 15 sentencing. He must also
continue to wear an alcohol- and home-detention monitoring bracelet, Layon
said.

Johnson fired multiple rounds from his .44-caliber magnum revolver
inside his apartment in the 900 block of Taylor Street in Vista around 11:50
p.m. Dec. 25.

“Rounds went through a flat-screen TV in the living room,” sheriff's
Sgt. Tom Ness said. “Another round, possibly fired through a bedroom patio
screen door, traveled through a closed window of a nearby apartment. The window
shattered and some of the vertical window blinds broke. Fragments of the bullet
were located on a small kitchen table.”

Sheriff's deputies attempted to contact Johnson by phone and via a
public address system, Ness said. The Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail was
called to the scene after Johnson failed to respond.

“Once Johnson complied with commands and exited his apartment, deputies
took him into custody without incident” about 4:45 a.m. Dec. 26, Ness said.
“A number of handguns and rifles were seized from the apartment as evidence.”

No one was injured by the gunfire.

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