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Man acquitted in 2017 Heritage Park fatal shooting

Posted at 1:28 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 16:28:29-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The man arrested for a 2017 shooting in east Bakersfield has been acquitted on murder and attempted murder charges, according to court records.

Guillermo Soto was facing felony charges, including cruelty to a child in addition to first-degree murder but was acquitted Wednesday on four of those charges. However, Soto was convicted on possession of a firearm as a felon.

Police said Soto opened fire near Heritage Park on Mt. Vernon and Bernard Streets on December 9 of 2017, killing a man and wounding a woman. Soto pleaded not guilty.