Paso Robles stabbing suspect must testify if he wants to change plea

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comOctober 17, 2012 

Alfonso Fierros

A man accused of a meth-fueled murder at a Paso Robles motel last year will have to testify if he wants to withdraw his guilty plea, a judge said Tuesday.

Alfonso “Pancho” Fierros, 33, of Paso Robles, pleaded no contest in July to the murder of Robert Uyeno, 55, and was set to receive a 25-years-to-life prison term. But before he was sentenced, he said he wanted to withdraw his plea.

Fierros has not explained why he wants to withdraw his plea, though his attorney said Tuesday he is not claiming to be misrepresented. Superior Court Judge John Trice said Fierros will have to take the stand — something he has yet to do — when his hearing continues Nov. 29.

Fierros was one of four people who allegedly conspired to rob Uyeno in August of 2011. Fierros allegedly beat Uyeno, stabbed him and slashed his throat. The group allegedly stole meth and lottery tickets.

Jennifer Velten, 29, received a 15-year term for her role in the crime, while co-defendant Tabatha Brown, 29, was sentenced to 14 years. The final suspect, John Wesley Barrett, was declared incompetent to stand trial.

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