The man accused of shooting his sister in the hand and holding other family members hostage in South San Francisco almost two years ago wants to withdraw his no contest pleas and face a jury, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Alvin Baja Luis, 57, of San Francisco, was due to be sentenced yesterday and faced up to 19 years in prison formerly pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted murder.
Luis’ defense attorney’s request to continue was granted, however, and he will be back in court Dec. 3 to see if a judge will allow the defendant to withdraw his plea.
If the plea withdrawal is denied, Luis should face a sentencing at that hearing.
Luis also formerly accepted plea deals on six other charges of firearm use, making threats, assault with a firearm and causing great bodily injury. More than a dozen other felonies were dismissed as part of the settlement but a judge is allowed to consider them for sentencing purposes.
Prosecutors say on Nov. 20, 2011, Luis arrived at his sister’s home at 521 Spruce Ave. with duct tape, ammunition and two guns. Luis, reportedly angry about his deceased mother’s estate, is accused of brandishing a pellet gun and a handgun toward the seven people inside which included his two sisters, children and family friends gathered for a football game. He reportedly hit one sister in the back of the head with a weapon, kicked another sister in the stomach and shot one in the hand when the group tried escaping out a bedroom window.
He remains in custody without bail.