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2 PLEAD GUILTY TO REDUCED ASSAULT CHARGES

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Two men pleaded guilty to reduced assault charges Tuesday, admitting they participated in the October attack on a Clearfield apartment manager.

The men were upset over an eviction and broke into the manager's apartment where a gun was fired.Anthony J. Montoya, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, and Judge Jon Memmott ordered a zero-to-five-year prison term to run concurrently with time Montoya is already serving in prison.

Shane P. Samora, 20, Clearfield, pleaded guilty to two second-degree felony charges of burglary and two third-degree felony counts of attempted burglary and aggravated assault in a plea negotiation that included several other break-ins and a stolen car.

After pleading guilty, Samora tried to withdraw his plea when Memmott declined to reduce his bail to $2,500, noting the number of charges and incidents filed against Samora, some after his arrest in the apartment assault last fall.

A third man, Mark A. Montoya, 22, Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Jan. 30 in the same incident and will be sentenced March 9.

According to police, the three men, accompanied by a teenage girl, broke into the apartment of complex manager Buddy Auble just after 2 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 5.

They were seeking revenge, police said, because Auble had earlier evicted the sister of the teenage girl, citing the use of her apartment by gang members as a hangout.

One of the men, who prosecutors have not been able to identify, was armed with a pistol and a shot was fired while Auble wrestled with him. The bullet went through a door and lodged in a refrigerator.