DATE: September 22, 2015
CASE: Jorge Castaneda
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Casey Newton, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
Twenty-three-year-old Jorge Castaneda was convicted by jury of shooting into an occupied vehicle. The jury also found true personal discharge of firearm causing great bodily injury and gang enhancements.
On May 24, 2013, Fermin Ramirez was driving on Bell Avenue with his brother, Francisco Ramirez. He drove through a group of males walking in the street, then made a U-turn because he was lost. As they drove through the group again in the opposite direction, Castaneda showed them a gun he had in his waistband. Castaneda then fired five shots at the back of their car as they drove away. Francisco Ramirez was hit in the head by a single bullet. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center where he remains in a vegetative state. The Sacramento Police Department recovered surveillance footage from local businesses around the shooting area.
Castaneda faces a maximum potential sentence of 40 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for November 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department 12 before the Honorable Maryanne Gilliard.
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