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Barela pleads guilty to stealing cycle

February 17, 2018 GMT

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.