Felon pleads guilty in Alpine RV park killing

EL CAJON - A 73-year-old felon with a lengthy criminal background pleaded guilty today to first-degree murder for gunning down a fellow resident at an East County recreational vehicle park during an argument.
 
Leland Ernest Clyde, 73, faces 50 years to life in prison when sentenced May 27 by Superior Court Judge Evan Kirvin, according to Deputy District Attorney Derek Grilz.
 
The prosecutor said the defendant got into a dispute with Jock Martin on March 9 at the Ma Tar Awa Campground in Alpine and fired a shotgun at the 56-year-old victim, hitting him in the chest and knocking him to the ground.
 
The defendant then stood over Martin, reloaded, and fired twice at his head, the prosecutor said. Martin's brother ran for help after Clyde aimed the firearm at home, Grilz said.
 
A sheriff's helicopter crew arrived a short time later and used loudspeakers to order Clyde to disarm himself and lie down on the ground.

Patrol deputies then took him into custody.
 
The defendant's rap sheet includes assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and burglary convictions dating back to 1959, according to the prosecutor.

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