Reality TV Shooting: Las Vegas Man To Be JailedBy: Toni Matthews-El - June 25, 2014
There’s always a bit of danger when filming a reality television show about repossessing vehicles.
Not everyone reacts sanely to the reality that a failure to pay for one’s car over a period of time will likely result in its repossession.
However, sometimes a person will threaten your life that has absolutely nothing to do with the actual event.
That last scenario is what landed a Nevada man in a lot of trouble.
Las Vegas native Carlos Enrique Barron was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in the county jail and five years probation for opening fire on a reality television crew.
The 43-year-old had pleaded for leniency prior to sentencing, telling Clark County District Court Judge James Bixler he wished to avoid jail if at all possible.
Barron said that the incident had “changed” him and “taught [him] a lot of things.”
He also pointed out that despite shooting at members of the Repo Games crew, no one was actually injured by his actions.
Barron had originally claimed he was acting in self-defense.
Members of a crew filming the Repo Games reality television show were blocking his driveway. Their van was blocking his driveway, which was the initial cause of the confrontation.
Barron said he felt threatened and that’s why he opened fire.
Luckily for Barron, the jury acquitted him of the most serious charges linked with his behavior, including multiple counts of attempted murder and a felony count of discharging a firearm into a vehicle.
In January, the same jury found Barron guilty of felony assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, burglary, and one misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm.
The maximum sentence for all charges would have sent the former special education teacher to state prison for upwards of 22 years.
Despite Barron’s request for leniency, Bixler said that he simply had to be punished. His actions put an untold number of innocent people in danger.
Said the judge, “You can’t do this and not have some kind of penalty attached.”
He did allow Barron to remain free for an additional month ahead of a July 24th status hearing.
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