A young Sumter County man on next month’s trial docket for attempted murder will also contest a second set of charges alleging he strangled a pregnant woman and held her hostage.
At his Monday morning arraignment, 20-year-old Justice Michael Gurrola, of The Villages, pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
It’s alleged Gurrola on Nov. 21 clutched the throat of a woman who was seven months pregnant, and kept her from leaving an Inverness home.
Gurrola turned himself in Nov. 22 at the Citrus County Detention Facility after finding out a warrant was issued for his arrest.
A judge revoked Gurrola’s bond at first appearance, keeping Gurrola jailed until his next court appearance, which is Jan. 13. Gurrola faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted of those charges.
Jan. 13 is also Gurrola’s pretrial hearing for his other felony case charging him with the Sept. 9 attempted premeditated murder of then-18-year-old Tyler Miller, who Gurrola allegedly shot and injured while driving by Miller’s Inverness home.
Gurrola had posted bail on a $50,000 bond in that case on Sept. 11.
If convicted of attempted murder with a discharged firearm at his scheduled trial the week of Jan. 21, Gurrola could be sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison.