JACKSONVILLE, NC (News Channel 12) – An Onslow County man pleaded guilty to second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Onslow County Superior Court on Monday for a 2015 Christmas Eve shooting.
Pedro De La O, 50, of Daisy Street in Jacksonville was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury in December 2015. Arrest warrants at the time showed De La O killed Fernando Alonzo and assaulted Pascual Monjaraz-Sierra with a 9mm semi-automatic firearm.
The investigation, led by Jacksonville Police Department, determined there was a physical altercation within De La O’s home. During the altercation, De La O retrieved a handgun from a bedroom inside the residence and discharged that firearm striking the deceased 3 times, causing his death, and also striking and injuring Monjaraz-Sierra, officials said.
An autopsy of the deceased later determined that his blood alcohol concentration at the time of his death to be approximately 140 mg/dl of alcohol, officials said. Witness interviews confirmed that an argument had occurred between De La O and the two victims when the defendant asked the victims to leave his home.
Jacksonville Police determined that alcohol played a significant role in the incident. They also discovered that neither the defendant or the victims were U.S. citizens at the time of the shooting.
De La O was sentenced to a minimum of 192 months and a maximum of 243 months (16 years to 20 years, 2 months) in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.
The defendant was represented by William J. Morgan of Jacksonville and the State was represented by Assistant District Attorney J.B. Askins. The presiding judge was Judge Charles H. Henry of Onslow County.