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Doylestown Woman Who Misfired Loaded Gun at Boyfriend Pleads Guilty to Felony Assault Charges

January 6, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ashley Towhey, 215.348.6316, actowhey@buckscounty.org


A Doylestown woman who repeatedly pulled the trigger of a loaded gun at her boyfriend, only to have it fail to discharge, pleaded guilty to felony assault charges today in Bucks County Court.

Esperanza Motolinia, 41, also admitted to fighting with police as they tried to arrest and handcuff her after the Aug. 9 incident, kicking one hard enough to send him to the hospital.

Motolinia pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of terroristic threats and resisting arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Towhey said that prosecutors had agreed to drop a charge of attempted murder. The decision was based in part on the defendant's extreme intoxication at the time, and the victim's lack of severe injury.

No sentencing date has been set. Bucks County Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., who accepted the plea, ordered Motolinia to undergo mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations before she is sentenced. She remains in the Bucks County Correctional Facility, where she has been held since her arrest.

Motolinia had been drinking heavily by the time Central Bucks Regional Police were called to her unit in the  Regency Woods Apartments on Old Dublin Pike. Officers found Motolinia and her boyfriend, Michael Bishop, standing outside the apartment. Bishop’s clothing was badly torn, and he had scratches and other marks on his upper body. Their four-year-old daughter was inside, crying.

Bishop told police that Motolinia had physically and verbally attacked him, screaming obscenities and striking him repeatedly in the head while he was holding their child. After Bishop released the girl, who ran upstairs, Motolinia grabbed a semiautomatic, .380-caliber handgun and chased Bishop around the apartment, pulling the trigger “at least four times,” Towhey said in court.

The gun had a loaded magazine, but it failed to fire because it did not have a cartridge in the chamber, police reported. Bishop took the gun from her as Motolinia attempted to chamber a round, police reported.

After officers arrived, Bishop showed them a video he had recorded of the assault, convincing police that Motolinia had been the aggressor. When officers told Motolinia that she was being arrested, she ran for the door, screaming, “I’m going to (expletive) kill him!” She fought officers’ attempts to handcuff her, at one point kicking Sgt. Paul Kreuter so hard in the leg that he and two other officers fell to the floor. Kreuter’s injured knee was examined at Doylestown Hospital before he returned to duty.

Defense attorney Thomas Egan said that Motolinia remembers very little of the incident because she was so intoxicated at the time. Her blood alcohol content was found to be .18 percent. Motolinia told Judge Bateman that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and depression, and that she is receiving medication for those conditions at the prison.

Approved for release by Matt Weintraub, Chief of Prosecution.

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