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Local News in Brief : 2 Men Plead Guilty to Assault After Accident

Two men pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges in connection with an assault on a Canyon Country family whose van they had rear-ended at a traffic light.

Karl Allen Reynolds, 25, of Reseda pleaded guilty to shooting at an occupied vehicle and, under a plea-bargain arrangement with prosecutors, faces a sentence of three years in state prison. Joseph Melton Thornhill, 27, of Lancaster pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon and faces a sentence of a year in jail.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. July 9 at Soledad Canyon and Whites Canyon roads in Canyon Country. A 1987 Ford van driven by Michael Prevo and carrying his wife and two children was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended by a 1970 Cadillac driven by Thornhill, according to court documents.

When Prevo got out to check for damage, Thornhill got out and walked toward him with a knife, according witnesses. As Prevo retreated, Thornhill punched him in the mouth, Deputy Dist. Atty. Harold S. Lynn said.

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Prevo got in the van and, as he was driving away, he heard a loud noise and saw a back window shatter. Witnesses said Reynolds, who was a passenger in Thornhill’s car, had fired a pistol. A bullet was found lodged in the window molding, a police report said.

Reynolds had also been charged with assault with a firearm, and Thornhill initially was also charged with brandishing a weapon. But those charges were dismissed under the plea bargain.


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