Mark Adam Prentice, 30, who has been jailed since his arrest Dec. 15 in the shooting of Ceniceros, is charged with shooting with intent to kill in that case and first degree murder in the shooting death of James Petty, 34, who was found dead on the morning of Nov. 12 off the road near an intersection of South County Road 203 and East County Road 166, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. If he is convicted of the murder of Petty, at a trial to be held at a later date, Prentice faces the death penalty.
Ceniceros, 42, was found by Altus police shortly after 3 a.m. Sept. 6, 2004, bleeding from the chest in the back yard of his home at 702 S. Julian.
According to an affidavit filed in District Court, Ceniceros had been struck by a single bullet in the right hand that traveled through his hand into the upper right portion of his chest, exiting through the upper right part of his back.
Police learned during their investigation that 26 of the 27 9 mm casings found in the grass at the northeast corner of a vacant residence at 618 S. Julian, were fired by the same firearm — any of various models made by Heckler and Koch. The shooter, police determined, was firing at the three people in the back yard of 702 S. Julian at the time — Benny Ceniceros, his brother, Guadalupe Ceniceros, 45, and Scott Neighbors, 33.
Neighbors was slightly wounded in the foot in the shooting, but refused treatment. On Sept. 7, 2004, Guadalupe Ceniceros was shot in the buttocks at 11:25 p.m. in the parking lot of the Smoke Shop on East Broadway.
On Sept. 30 of this year, John Paul Salomon, 25, pleaded guilty to a string of felonies — including shooting with intent to kill both Benny and Guadalupe Ceniceros on Sept. 6 and 7, 2004, respectively. Those two counts, as well as his guilty pleas to charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe and five syringes) and an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) could earn him life in prison.
Petty, the man found dead of multiple gunshot wounds Nov. 12, 2004, had been an informant for the District III Drug Task Force and was a witness to the shooting of Benny Ceniceros.
Benny Ceniceros pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon and a charge of possession of a firearm after conviction or during probation. He was sentenced to 10 years in the state Department of Corrections on the assault charge and five years on the firearm charge, to run concurrently, with five years suspended.
Guadalupe Ceniceros remains jailed following his arrest March 10 on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.