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<h1><font size=4><b>43 years later, a guilty plea to shooting at South
City police</b></font></h1><font size=3>By:
<a href="http://www.sfexaminer.com/people/ari-burack">Ari Burack</a> |
11/22/11 12:18 PM<br>
<i>Examiner Staff Writer</i> <br>
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http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/peninsula/2011/11/43-years-later-guilty-plea-shooting-south-city-police<br>
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</a>A 67-year-old man who fled before he could be sentenced more than
four decades ago for
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shooting at South San Francisco police</a> finally admitted to the crime
in court Tuesday morning.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
“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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Harris has said his client wanted to correct a one-time “aberration” in
his life and be a positive example for his sons.<br><br>
No officers were hit, and Bridgeforth was arrested trying to escape. But
before Bridgeforth could be sentenced in 1969, he disappeared.<br><br>
According to Harris, Bridgeforth had recently been teaching at a
community college in Michigan under an assumed name.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Bridgeforth is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail. Sentencing is
scheduled for Feb. 3.<br><br>
<a href="mailto:aburack@sfexaminer.com">aburack@sfexaminer.com</a><br><br>
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:
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http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/peninsula/2011/11/43-years-later-guilty-plea-shooting-south-city-police#ixzz1eTGlsqSR</a>
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