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Man accused of shooting wife in face could have home incarceration revoked
Left house to register for food stamps
By Jonathan Menard -   Apr 11, 2013

The home where Otto Barrera allegedly shot his wife and himself.
The home where Otto Barrera allegedly shot his wife and himself.

A Norco man awaiting trial for reportedly blasting his wife in the face with a shotgun has left his home incarceration without permission several times, including a trip to the social security administration and another to pick up food stamps, according to court documents.

On June 24, 2012 46-year-old Otto Barrera allegedly shot his estranged wife with a 12-gauge shotgun in their Goodhope Street home before turning the weapon on himself. According to court documents, Barrera grabbed a shotgun and ordered his wife to lie on the bed. The couple’s daughter tried to get between her mother and the gun, but she says she was pushed aside by her father.

That’s when she says Barrera fired a shotgun blast into his wife’s face.

After the shooting, the daughter grabbed a friend who was in the living room and fled to a neighbor’s home where she called police.

When police arrived, they heard another gunshot and Barrera came out of the house naked and bleeding from a face wound. He walked out of the front door and collapsed before being taken to the hospital.

Both Barrera and his wife, Catherine, survived the shooting and have undergone several facial reconstruction surgeries. Barrera has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in the case.

Due to his significant injuries, Barrera was released on bond and placed on home incarceration. He was only to leave the home to attend doctor’s appointments and court appearances and was ordered to contact ETOH Monitoring to clear travel beforehand.

ETOH Monitoring sent several letters to Judge Emile St. Pierre detailing instances where Barrera violated those conditions. On Feb. 20, he reportedly left his home from 8:49 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. without informing anyone. ETOH Monitoring said they spoke to Barrera’s daughter, who told the agency that Barrera had gone to the social security administration.

On Feb. 26, Barrera again left his home without notifying anyone, this time from 8:50 a.m. until 2:02 p.m., according to court documents. When contacted by ETOH, Barrera said he had a dentist’s appointment to have a tooth pulled. A few days later, Barrera left his home for nearly six hours, telling the monitoring agency after he returned that he had left to register for food stamps.

The final transgression came on March 20, according to ETOH, when Barrera left his home at 11:48 a.m. and returned at 3:25 p.m. When contacted, Barrera told the agency he had a doctor’s appointment.

On April 30, St. Pierre will decide whether to rescind Barrera’s bond and send him back to jail.

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