Man pleads guilty in 2011 San Luis murder
The trial for the 29-year-old man facing a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a San Luis man more than two years ago is now over, only days after it started.
Anthony Antwan Mobley, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second-degree murder in a plea agreement. According to Roger Nelson, chief criminal deputy attorney, Mobley will serve 22 years in prison without the possibility of early release.
Mobley had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Feb. 26, 2011, shooting death of Jose Ahumada, whose body was found shortly after midnight near the Food City parking lot in San Luis.
He was extradited to Yuma County in July 2012 after his arrest in March in Memphis, Tenn., on unrelated drug charges. Mobley, who had been living in San Luis for nearly two years, is believed to have taken a bus from San Diego to Tennessee in the days following the murder.
Witnesses told police Ahumada was shot as he passed by or tried to intervene as an unidentified gunman was threatening another man in the parking lot.
While en route from Memphis to his native state of South Carolina, Mobley was arrested on Yuma County warrants charging him with aggravated assault on a minor and sexual abuse of a minor. San Luis police said at the time they planned to pursue additional charges against him in connection with the slaying of Ahumada.
Ahumada was shot once in the chest and a bullet casing was found near his body. Using surveillance video, police tracked down the car believed to have been used by the killer. The owner of the car, who was dating Mobley at the time, admitted that she had loaned him her car the night of the murder.
Mobley was offered a plea agreement in February that called for him to be sentenced to a statutory life sentence in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, but he turned it down.
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