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Whittier man 9 years in prison for driving vehicle into gym

WHITTIER — A 34-year old man has entered a no contest plea for purposely driving a vehicle into a La Mirada gym last year.

Sergio Gabriel Reyes, of Whittier, entered the plea Monday to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, an automobile.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Villa said Reyes was immediately sentenced to nine years in state prison as a result of the negotiated plea.

In March 2019, the defendant’s gym membership was terminated due to alleged inappropriate behavior. Reyes had disputes with gym personnel and stated he would return, the prosecutor said.

On March 19, 2019, Reyes took a relative’s vehicle, drove to the gym and crashed through the front window where an employee was standing at the reception desk, nearly hitting the employee. 

Reyes fled the scene and was arrested shortly thereafter, the prosecutor added.

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