A 20-year-old man who confessed to fatally shooting his girlfriend and a Mesa grandmother in separate incidents pleaded guilty to both Monday.
Anthony Chacon pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to first-degree murder for the death of Loris Crandell-Bath, 59, who was shot in the head while sitting in her car at Hermosa Vista Drive at Gilbert Road on Dec. 15, 2002.
Chacon, a resident of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, admitted to the shooting in January 2004 when Mesa police were investigating
the death of his 17-year-old girlfriend, Amanda Enos.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Enos.
First-degree murder carries a punishment of life in prison with no chance of parole until 25 years, while the sentence for seconddegree is 10 to 22 years.
Bill FitzGerald, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, said the plea agreement allows the court to run the sentences consecutively, in which case Chacon would have to serve the lesser sentence first.
According to court documents, Chacon said both shootings were accidental.
Chacon said he shot Enos in January 2004 while he was playing with a handgun in his apartment in the 700 block of East Brown Road.
“I shot it, and she gasped for air,” Chacon said in a police interview. “I don’t know, I got all scared.”
He left the body in the apartment to be discovered four days later by his sister.
In Crandell-Bath’s case, Chacon claimed the gun he was using was loaded with only one bullet and the safety was activated. He fired the shot when he was attempting to rob the woman, authorities said.
Crandell-Bath was on her way home from a family gathering celebrating the wedding anniversary of her daughter and birthday of her daughter-in-law.