Marcos Sariana Gurrola, 'Fascist Island' Class Warfare Shooter, Gets 12 Years in Disputed Deal
Remember the out-of-work security guard from Garden Grove who engaged in a little bit of the ol'd class warfare by shooting up Fashion Island with his Glock semiautomatic gun because "that's where the rich people were?"
Marcos "Mark" Sariana Gurrola, 44, pleaded guilty to dozens and dozens of felonies this morning and was immediately sentenced to 12 years in state prison under a plea deal with the court that was opposed by the prosecution.
"The People objected to the sentence, advocating for a lengthier state prison term," reads a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), whose Senior Deputy DA Robert Mestman prosecuted this case.
When the OCDA originally brought charges against Gurrola, he was facing a maximum of 115 years in the can.
Mestman sought a sentence from Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue of 25 years.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2012, Gurrola drove his white Honda Civic to a parking lot in the mall affectionately referred to as "Fascist Island," got out with his Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and six magazines and fired 54 rounds of ammunition toward the Macy's building.
No one was hit but a mother and her 4-year-old daughter suffered injuries from being pushed by panicked shoppers running for cover. Witness cell phone video captured the madness.
Gurrola surrendered his weapon to responding police officers and was arrested without incident. Cops discovered he'd brought with him ammunition for .44 caliber, .380 caliber and .38 caliber weapons but no other weapons.
"He said firing the gun made him feel better," testified Newport Beach Police Detective Garrett Fitzgerald at arraignment.
Fitzgerald added that "destitute" Gurrola said he was upset the day of the shooting over money he was awaiting from the state not arriving and having had to write checks he knew would bounce.
Under the deal with the judge, Gurrola pleaded guilty to 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm.
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