By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Pawnee man representing himself on a Payne County charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon has pleaded guilty to the felony without an agreement with the prosecution regarding his sentence.
Although Joseph Gerardo Vazquez, 35, was accused of shooting the woman in both legs, he wrote that he “shot her in the leg with a .40-caliber pistol,” when he pleaded guilty last week, court records show.
Vazquez remains held in the Payne County Jail on $100,000 bail pending his sentencing on Dec. 3 by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who ordered a background investigation of the defendant.
Assault and battery with a deadly weapon carries a maximum penalty of a life prison term plus a $10,000 fine, court records show.
Vazquez was given permission to represent himself by the judge, who appointed defense attorney Sarah Kennedy as stand-by counsel in an advisory role only when Vazquez requested advice, court records show.
The victim, who said she owed Vazquez money, was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Stillwater Police Officer Greg Calloway wrote in an affidavit.
When the officer arrived at a trailer in the 2900 block of E 6th Street in Stillwater about 10:15 p.m. on March 21, the woman was screaming and crying on the ground, his affidavit said.
“There were several areas of her pants that were bloody. The woman claimed ‘she had been shot numerous times in both legs,'” the affidavit said.
“There were several people around her trying to comfort her and ease her pain as other officers were arriving on scene,” the affidavit said.
She said, “Joseph came to her trailer to collect some money that she owed him,” the affidavit said. Eight individuals were in and around the trailer during the shooting, the affidavit said.
Her boyfriend “explained that he was outside sitting in a chair when the suspect, Joseph Vazquez, and an unknown female associate drove up in a car,” the affidavit said.
He said that after his girlfriend opened the door, a conversation got heated and an argument ensued, the affidavit said.
According to the victim’s boyfriend, “Joseph went back to the car on the passenger side and pulled out a gun and fired it straight up in the air one time,” the affidavit said.
The boyfriend said that the victim “walked across the front yard toward Joseph and yelled at him, something to the effect of ‘my kids are in the house!” the affidavit said.
The boyfriend said immediately after she said that, “Joseph pointed the gun at her legs and pulled the trigger twice striking (her) in both legs,” the affidavit said.
He said “Joseph then got into the car and the female driver sped away southbound on Drury Street,” the affidavit said.
Vazquez was arrested that same night and jailed, court records show.