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Suspects plead no contest in 2016 deadly shooting

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-13 02:16:57-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Friday, the Kern County District Attorney's office announced a man has pleaded no contest to first degree murder charged related to the July 2016 shooting death of Saddam Ali.

Officials say Wendell Scott pleaded no contest to charges of first degree, premeditated murder "with special circumstances for committing the murder to benefit the Eastside Crips criminal street gang."

According to the courts, Scott's plea acknowledges his role as the shooter during the July 2016 murder of Saddam Ali, which occurred on the 800 block of 8th Street, in Bakersfield.

Officials say Scott exited a car driven by Albert Montellango before he approached Ali and fired 5 shots at him. Ali was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

According to investigators, one of the shots also hit a baby stroller which narrowly missed a child that was in it.

As for, Albert Montellango , he also entered a plea of no contest to voluntary manslaughter for his role in the incident, and is said to be sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Officials say Wendell Scott is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He's schedule to be sentenced on September 12.