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UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty for shooting man in face after doing 'whip its' in Mesa

Posted: 1:03 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 16:03:29-04
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MESA, AZ — A woman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with shooting a man in the face after they did "whip-its."

Court records show that 20-year-old Ernestine Alyce Pedro pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault.

As part of the plea agreement, Pedro will spend five years in prison for the offense.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 2018, officers were called to an area near Alma School Road and Main Street for a shooting.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman holding a man's face that was bleeding heavily. The woman told police that a female acquaintance, Ernestine Pedro, shot the victim.

She told police that Pedro picked them up and "they bought alcohol and were using ‘whip-its' to get high."

Pedro asked the man, "You want to get shot?" before shooting him in the face, according to court records. She also told the victim, "This is a lesson for you."

Pedro drove around for a while as the victim’s girlfriend pleaded with Pedro to go to the hospital. Instead, police say, she dropped them off on a street corner.

Pedro was located and arrested that afternoon about two miles away from the scene.

She is scheduled to be formally sentenced on April 10.