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Grover Beach man pleads no contest to hitting woman with shotgun

Johnny Luther Renfro, 65, of Grover Beach was arrested Friday, March 7, 2014, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, violent use of a firearm, false imprisonment and making criminal threats. Original story »
Johnny Luther Renfro, 65, of Grover Beach was arrested Friday, March 7, 2014, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, violent use of a firearm, false imprisonment and making criminal threats. Original story »

A Grover Beach man charged with attempted murder for striking a woman with a shotgun stock and then engaging in a brief standoff with police pleaded no contest to a single count of assault with a firearm Tuesday morning.

Johnny Luther Renfro, 65, of Grover Beach was facing five felony charges ranging from attempted murder to false imprisonment to assault with a deadly weapon as well as 13 enhancements for using a firearm and causing great bodily injury.

But in a plea deal with prosecutors, Renfro avoided all but one charge with a no-contest plea to felony assault with a firearm. All enhancements were also dismissed.

With his conviction, Renfro will earn a “strike” under California’s “three strikes” law and serve no more than one year in County Jail.

In the early morning hours of March 7, Grover Beach police responded to a report of an assault at a trailer on the 1100 block of West Grand Avenue. There they found that a 48-year-old woman had been struck several times in the head and torso with the butt of a shotgun.

When the victim told officers Renfro was still inside the trailer with a loaded gun and allegedly under the influence, Grover Beach called in Pismo Beach police officers and sheriff’s deputies to set a perimeter around the residence.

Renfro surrendered about an hour later without incident.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and released.

Renfro is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 16 at San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

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