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May 20, 2014: Montclair Man Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder, Other Charges

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An 18-year-old man accused of shooting at another and threatening his girlfriend pleaded not guilty today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Ulises Ponce (dob 5/12/96), of Montclair, was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of criminal threats in case KA105238. Additionally, the felony complaint includes gun and gang allegations.

The defendant appeared before Commissioner Wade Olson at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona and his bail was set at $2.1 million.

Deputy District Attorney Martin Bean of the Hardcore Gang Division said Ponce reportedly tried to kill a rival gang member on Sept. 15, 2012. The defendant tried to kill the same victim again on March 24.

Furthermore, on March 25, the defendant was speaking with his girlfriend on the phone when he allegedly threatened to hurt her.

Law enforcement was alerted about the reported crimes and Ponce was arrested on March 27.

The defendant’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 16 for a preliminary hearing setting at the Pomona Courthouse in Department F. If convicted as charged, Ponce faces a maximum sentence of 60 years to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Pomona Police Department.