Man guilty in shootings near Texas fitness center

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A gunman faces up to life in prison for wounding a South Texas woman who rejected his advances and killing a fitness club worker escorting her to her car.

Yu Masaki on Monday pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and to murder in the January 2012 gunfire outside a San Antonio health club.

Police say Juan Carlos Escamilla was fatally shot while walking Margaret McCombs to her vehicle because she feared for her safety. Masaki had been barred from the fitness club because of his "extremely aggressive advances" toward female members.

A judge ordered sentencing delayed until June pending a background check. A defense attorney says Masaki, who does not have a plea deal, was born in Colombia and grew up in Japan before becoming a U.S. resident eight years ago.

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