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Robbers worst fear comes true

Sat, Feb 04 2012 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

A parolee who held a gun to his own head during a 4-hour standoff with Chula Vista Police in his car in 2010 will be sentenced Feb. 14 after he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, evading police, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Isaac Miranda Ballesteros, 31, appeared Tuesday before Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis after his attorney requested a short delay in his sentence. Ballesteros also pleaded guilty to smuggling heroin into the jail as part of a new case against him.

Deputy District Attorney David McNees said Ballestros was charged with receiving heroin that was smuggled through the mail to him some months after he was arrested in the standoff case on Dec. 1, 2010.

McNees said Ballestros faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and four months in prison. He remains in jail on $500,000 bail.

The standoff began around 10 a.m. when he refused to yield to a Chula Vista police officer in a traffic stop in the 400 block of Shasta Street and Fourth Avenue. He led officers on a chase through streets and a freeway before he was pinned in by police vehicles at Nacion Avenue and East Moss Street.

Police officers testified in the May 4 preliminary hearing in which he declared he would rather die than to go back to prison. It ended after he was given a cell phone and he eventually surrendered at 2:20 p.m.

He has a prior record for four auto theft convictions, burglary, and evading police, according to court records.


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