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Caller who lied to Pasadena police about gun in McDade shooting gets 3 months jail

The family of Kendrec McDade and attorney Caree Harper at an earlier rally at Pasadena City Hall. A relative is holding a photo of McDade in a football uniform.
The family of Kendrec McDade and attorney Caree Harper at an earlier rally at Pasadena City Hall. A relative is holding a photo of McDade in a football uniform. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

The man who lied to Pasadena police emergency dispatchers about being robbed at gunpoint by two men last year – and which contributed to a fatal police shooting of another man – will serve three months in jail.

Oscar Carrillo-Gonzales, 28, struck a plea deal with the Pasadena City Attorney Monday. He pleaded guilty in court to two misdemeanors: making a false emergency call and making a false criminal report to a police investigator.

Carrillo called 9-1-1 on March 24, 2012 to report that two gunmen stole his backpack from him. In fact, Carrillo saw only one person reach into his parked car and run away with his backpack. He said he told the cops that the suspects had guns to speed up their response.

The call eventually led to a police pursuit and the fatal shooting of 19-year old Kendrec McDade, who died of seven gunshots. Police say McDade grabbed his waistband and turned suddenly at the police officers.

McDade was unarmed.

The L.A. County District Attorney declined to file felony charges against Carrillo and bumped the case down to the City of Pasadena attorney for possible misdemeanor charges.

“We believe we reached an appropriate sentence that reflects the seriousness of the crime committed,” said Pasadena City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris.

Carrillo will spend three months in county jail and pay $3,078 in restitution to the Pasadena Police Department for resources spent on investigating the shooting.

He’ll also be on probation for three years after he gets out of jail. Carrillo has also been ordered to serve three months worth of community service with the state’s Caltrans agency.

Carrillo's defense attorney, Andres Bustamante, said his client was eager to make a deal and avoid going to trial.

"He really wanted to put this all behind him," Bustamante said. "He's been going to counseling and is trying to move on."

Criminal charges were not filed against the two Pasadena police officers that fired their weapons.

Carrillo is living in the U.S. illegally. At one point, Immigration and Customs Enforcement had plans to deport him to Mexico, but those plans were cancelled in order to finish the shooting investigation and the criminal prosecution.

Bustamante said he does not know if Carrillo will be deported before serving his jail time. He's due to surrender Thursday to begin serving the sentence.

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