2 Men Plead Guilty In Fatal Party Shooting

Tevin Austin, Albert Williams To Be Sentenced For Death Of Aris Pugal

Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter for their roles in the gang-related fatal shooting of a college student at a Mira Mesa house party on Labor Day weekend last year.

Tevin Austin, 19, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16 to 27 years in prison, while Albert James Williams III, 21, has a Sept. 9 sentencing date and is facing 12 years behind bars.

Austin shot 20-year-old Palomar College student Aris Pugal about 11 p.m. last Sept. 4, according to Deputy District Attorney Paul Reizen, who said the victim and a friend went to the party in the 10900 block of Martinique Way and encountered the defendants.

According to the prosecutor, Williams took offense to a comment the victim made, and they went outside. Williams then asked Pugal what gang he was from, and he said he didn't belong to a gang, according to Reizen.

Williams yelled out a gang slogan, and Austin "sucker-punched" the victim, the prosecutor said. Austin then pointed a gun at Pugal and asked him if he "wanted a piece of this," Reizen said.

The victim got up and started fighting with Williams, and when it seemed like Pugal was winning, Austin shot the victim, then walked over and shot him several more times, the prosecutor said.

The defendants ran away, shouting a gang slogan, Reizen said.

Williams was identified through DNA found under the victim's fingernails and on a hat, and Austin was arrested later, according to the prosecutor.

Both defendants also pleaded guilty to assault with a firearm and Austin admitted gun and gang allegations, Reizen said.

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