Court to hear motion to withdraw guilty plea

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A convicted felon facing six or more years in state prison on felony assault and weapons charges will have a second chance to obtain a new plea deal or have his case go to jury.

Rodolfo Martinez Madrigal, Jr., 29, of Grimes, will appear in Colusa County Superior Court on Nov. 20 on a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. Madrigal pleaded guilty in July to assault with a deadly weapon, with special allegations of using a firearm, and having a prior prison record.

He later claimed his attorney coerced his admission of guilt, and asked for a new public defender to represent him.

Madrigal was originally charged with attempted murder and a host of other felony charges, including possession of a sawed-off shot gun, following an altercation with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, in Grimes, on Feb. 26.

He was arrested on March 7 after a search warrant was served on a cell phone, which was discovered after the shooting. A search warrant served on the home where he was living turned up a 12-guage-shotgun shell and other ammunition, authorities said.

The sawed-off shotgun was recovered in Colusa after the Colusa County Sheriff’s Task Force officers saw it being tossed from a vehicle they were pursuing following the incident.

Madrigal has remained behind bars in the Colusa County Jail since his arrest.

If the judge denies the motion, he will likely receive the sentence Public Defender Albert Smith had originally worked out prior to Madrigal’s later reservations about his admission of guilt. ■