[Ppnews] 43 years later, a guilty plea to shooting at South City police
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43 years later, a guilty plea to shooting at South City police
By: <http://www.sfexaminer.com/people/ari-burack>Ari Burack | 11/22/11 12:18 PM
Examiner Staff Writer
A 67-year-old man who fled before he could be sentenced more than
four decades ago for
at South San Francisco police finally admitted to the crime in court
Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth re-entered a guilty plea in San Mateo
County Superior Court to one count of assault with a firearm on a
police officer, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Under 1969 sentencing guidelines, Bridgeforth could face between one
and 15 years in prison, according to Wagstaffe. Prosecutors have not
yet decided what penalty they will seek.
"In our book there is a presumption that prison is where that person
belongs, but we'll keep an open mind until we see the pre-sentence
report," Wagstaffe said.
Bridgeforth, who turned himself in two weeks ago, admitted to firing
at officers outside a South San Francisco department store. He and
two other men had tried to use false credit cards to buy toys and
clothes for youth the group had been organizing in San Francisco's
Fillmore district during the civil rights movement, according to his
attorney Paul Harris.
Harris has said his client wanted to correct a one-time "aberration"
in his life and be a positive example for his sons.
No officers were hit, and Bridgeforth was arrested trying to escape.
But before Bridgeforth could be sentenced in 1969, he disappeared.
According to Harris, Bridgeforth had recently been teaching at a
community college in Michigan under an assumed name.
A separate charge against Bridgeforth, for his alleged involvement in
the 1971 fatal shooting of a San Francisco police sergeant, was
dismissed after Bridgeforth turned himself in on the South San Francisco case.
Bridgeforth is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail. Sentencing
is scheduled for Feb. 3.
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