Barela pleads guilty to stealing cycle
KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a motorcycle
John Matthew Barela, 36, pleaded guilty to vehicle theft and criminal trespassing.
Other charges including misdemeanor assault and a drug paraphernalia charge were dropped.
He is being held in custody on a $3,000 bond.
Under the plea agreement, Barela will be sentenced to 41/2 years in prison.
Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert will sentence the defendant March 15.
Barela was arrested Oct. 9 after the owner of a 2004 Honda motorcycle reported it stolen from a driveway.
Barela allegedly was seen driving the motorcycle near Garner Road and Calle Del Media. He eventually left the hotwired motorcycle at a business and fled on foot, the prosecutor said.
Barela also was wanted in connection to a break-in and attack Sept. 18 on a 39-year-old woman at her Calle Esperanza home. She found him in her living room and told him to leave. When he refused, she hit him with a stick but he took it away from her and hit her with it, the prosecutor said.