remorseful night hiding from police, Arylis Peters surrendered quietly the next morning.
A man with a serious alcohol problem, Peters was said to be depressed over the recent deaths of his mother, brother Ed, and now brother Leonard, shot by police. Arylis pleaded guilty to the shooting of Gene Britton.
But a few weeks later, Peters' public defender filed a motion to withdraw the guilty plea, claiming Arylis shot in self-defense. During the confrontation in the High School parking lot, Peters shot him in the car, through the back window. Arylis said he believed Britton got into the car because a gun was hidden inside. The court refused to consider the self-defense plea.
Sentenced to 21 years to life in July, it was one of the fastest trips to San Quentin that anyone in Mendocino County can remember. An appeal for a trial is currently underway.
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