In November, Jacob Wall said, a man driving behind him got out of his pickup at a traffic light, ran up to his truck and started punching him through an open window.
The other driver said he was going to kill Wall, 21. Wall wasn’t about to let that happen, he said.
“I grabbed my gun and shot him, to protect myself,” Wall told 4th District Judge Richard Greenwood on Thursday, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Then, Wall kept going.
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The other driver — Luis R. Lara, 38 — was initially shot in the shoulder. As Lara retreated and asked bystanders to call 911, Wall got out of his vehicle and pursued the injured man.
Wall tackled Lara and a second fight ensued. Wall ended up shooting Lara three more times with his Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun, killing him.
Wall had the opportunity to walk away after Lara first retreated, an Ada County prosecutor said at an earlier hearing. But Wall did not.
The two men got into a traffic-related altercation near North Five Mile Road and West Edna Street, between Ustick and McMillan roads. The confrontation escalated at the stoplight, prosecutors said.
Wall was originally charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery. The murder charge was reduced and the battery charge was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea. He still may face extra prison time for the use of a deadly weapon.
Wall could be told to serve up to 10 years in prison for manslaughter and up to 15 additional years for use of a deadly weapon when he is sentenced Sept. 11.
Wall was involved in a previous road rage incident, in 2015. Two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon were dismissed in exchange for pleading guilty to misdemeanor attempt to elude a police officer.