A 48-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for shooting a bar patron during an argument at a Venice bar, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Leo Mewhorter, a transient, pleaded no contest on Jan. 10 to one count of attempted murder and admitted allegations of using a handgun and causing great bodily injury.

Deputy District Attorney Brenda Chan prosecuted the case.

On March 7, 2018, Mewhorter got into an argument at a Venice bar, prosecutors said. The defendant left and returned soon after and opened fire, injuring the victim, the prosecutor said.

Case SA097575 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division.

Submitted by Ricardo Santiago, D.A. Public Information Officer

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