DATE: December 23, 2016
CASE: Juan Avalos (Case #15F02495)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower, Homicide Unit
Juan Avalos was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder of Nichole Riolo. The jury also found true a personal use of a deadly weapon allegation.
On April 22, 2015, Nichole Riolo was driving in North Highlands when a pedestrian, Juan Avalos, intentionally kicked her car as she drove by so she would stop her car. Ms. Riolo drove into a parking lot on Watt Avenue and got out of the car to see if Avalos needed help. Avalos then stabbed Ms. Riolo in the neck, killing her. When Avalos was arrested a half mile from the scene, he had Ms. Riolo’s phone in his pocket and her blood on his pants.
Avalos faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for January 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 34 before the Honorable Lawrence Brown.
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