The Ottumwa Courier

July 8, 2013

Accidental shooting trial pushed back

CHELSEA DAVIS
Courier Staff Writer

OTTUMWA — The trial of an Ottumwa man charged with firing a rifle into another apartment and striking a neighbor has been pushed back to later this year.

Vincent Elias Bonilla, 23, 434 N. Green St. Apt. 2, was arrested in August 2012 after allegedly firing a .223 rifle through the ceiling of his apartment, striking his neighbor in the leg.

He was charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor, and felon in possession of a firearm, a Class D felony.

During a search of Bonilla's apartment following the shooting, officers seized a .380 handgun, AR-15 rifle and several rounds of ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

While his pre-trial conference had been scheduled for last week, his previous attorney, Kaz Long, withdrew and a new attorney, Robert Breckenridge, was appointed. His trial was then pushed back to later this year.

Bonilla waived his right to a speedy trial, pushing his pre-trial conference to Sept. 18 and his trial to Dec. 9.