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Man who fired BB gun at Navy SEALs in training enters guilty plea

First Phase Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs candidates participate in log physical training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on July 14, 2016.

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By PAULINE REPARD | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: October 11, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — A man who fired a pellet gun at Navy SEALs who were diving near Liberty Station pleaded guilty Wednesday, a day before his trial was to begin.

Scott Weaver, 48, pleaded guilty to brandishing a replica firearm and attempting to threaten a witness. A charge of assault with a deadly weapon was dismissed in an earlier hearing.

He faces one year in county jail when he is sentenced Nov. 1

Weaver’s case was set to go to trial Thursday in front of San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Walsh, who accepted the guilty plea.

Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Allard declined to give any details about the attempted threats made by Weaver.

Authorities said that Navy SEAL instructors and trainees were conducting a nighttime qualification dive around the Halsey Road bridge over a small bay inlet, near Liberty Station, on July 23.

Weaver confronted the divers about 10:30 p.m. and opened fire on them with his pellet gun. Navy personnel called San Diego police, who arrested Weaver.

A Navy spokesman declined after the incident to give details on what the SEALs were doing that night, but confirmed that the special-warfare unit does train in San Diego Bay.

Naval Special Warfare Command officials said it would evaluate the training procedures with an eye toward safety of the divers as a result of the shooting.

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