Gutierrez pleads guilty after rifle evidence dismissed

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Arrested in July 2015, Frank Gutierrez pleaded guilty to two felonies and two misdemeanor charges and admitted to several prior convictions. Judge Ronald Taylor has scheduled sentencing for May 5.

Gutierrez of Idyllwild was arrested when Riverside City police, in cooperation with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Lisa Marie Brown, 40, of Riverside, for hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and possession for sales of methamphetamine. The arrests were made in Idyllwild.

Gutierrez, 67, was charged for various drug-related felonies and prior convictions. His arrest appeared to be a byproduct of Brown’s arrest, who later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

On March 30, the court and prosecution were ready to proceed to a jury trial for Gutierrez. But his counsel had filed a motion to suppress some evidence, which he claimed was illegally obtained.

The court agreed to exclude a rifle. And the prosecution moved to dismiss the charge of receiving stolen property.

Gutierrez then pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm and marijuana.

Until sentencing, Gutierrez remains in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff.

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