SOUTH BEND – A South Bend man has pleaded guilty for his role in a shooting death outside a well-known city bar.
On September 9, 2012, police were called to the Anchor Inn in the 2200 block of Western Avenue. When they got there, they found 32-year-old Cesar Flores lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds.
24-year-old Ramon DeLeon, Jr. pled guilty Tuesday to Voluntary Manslaughter in connection with Flores’ death.
The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office says under the plea agreement, DeLeon faces no more than 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced on February 12. DeLeon also has to tell the truth when he testifies against another accused shooter in the case, 30-year-old James Garcia of South Bend.
Garcia has been charged with Criminal Recklessness for shooting 40-year-old Dimas DeLeon. Dimas DeLeon was also found at the Anchor Inn with serious injuries.
According to prosecutors, witnesses at the bar said a fight started inside the bar and escalated outside, ending with both Ramon DeLeon and Garcia firing weapons.
Garcia is scheduled for trial in March.