Paul Charles Weinberger, 51, entered his guilty plea before San Diego Superior Court Judge Fred Link, who set sentencing for Dec. 6. A murder charge was dismissed against Weinberger and the three others in the case.
Weinberger's attorney, Paul Pfingst, said in an e-mail Saturday that his client did not possess a shotgun that killed Marcanthony Mendivil, 44, and that his guilty plea was as an "aider and abetter" of the others in the case.
Weinberger faces a sentence ranging from two to four years in jail. The incident took place in Weinberger's home in the 2300 block of Wilbur Avenue and that he had given permission for Mendivil to stay there that night.
Deputy District Attorney Flavio Nominati said the gunman, Carlos Yslas, 25, faces between 27 to 30 years in state prison for the shooting death.
Pedro Ramirez, 27, and Freddy Sosa, 38, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and felony assault. Both men will receive a stipulated prison term of eight years, said Nominati. They pleaded guilty Oct. 18.
The sentence for Yslas includes a penalty of 25 years after Yslas admitted to personally using a gun in a homicide. Link set sentencing for Yslas and Ramirez on Jan. 10, 2020. Sosa will be sentenced on Nov. 15.
The motive for the shooting has not been discussed in court. Nominati said Yslas carried a shotgun in a bag upon entering the home at 1:45 a.m. and shot him twice while wearing a mask.
Nominati told a judge at the arraignment Jan. 4 of Weinberger and Sosa that the gunman "executed him while he was in his bed."
Weinberger was not believed to be at the house when the shooting occurred.
It was Weinberger who fainted at his arraignment after the judge set $10 million bail for him. The bail was later reduced to $1 million, and Weinberger posted it and remains free. The others all remain in jail without bail.