Man Pleads Guilty in Reno to Mayhem with Firearm

A man who shot his girlfriend in the leg during a jealous rage pleaded guilty Wednesday to mayhem with use of a firearm, a prosecutor said.

Matt Sargent, 20, faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced in October by Washoe District Judge Robert Perry, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Daniel Greco.

According to authorities, Sargent became enraged with his 16-year-old girlfriend over another boy in March of last year. After consuming shots of Crown Royal whiskey and smoking marijuana, he reportedly pointed an assault rifle out the window and threatened to shoot the other boy if he saw him.

At short time later, authorities said Sargent was ranting and raving when he pointed a shotgun he had been cleaning at his girlfriend and the gun fired.

Greco said a witness reported that when he attempted to call an ambulance, Sargent said, "No dude, don't. I'm gonna go to jail. I can handle it."

Deputies arrived a short time later and the girl was taken to a hospital with a gaping hole in her leg and suffering from extensive blood loss.

She has since undergone multiple surgeries, Greco said.

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