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Defendant Sentenced for North Highlands Party Shooting

DATE:  September 18, 2017

CASE:  Ira Johnson (Case #15F04234)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hightower, Homicide Unit

The Honorable Helena Gweon sentenced Ira Johnson to 74 years and 8 months to life in prison.  On May 11, 2017, a jury convicted Johnson for the second-degree murder of Rogelio Gastelum, and two counts of attempted murder.  The jury also found true allegations that Johnson personally discharged a firearm causing death or great bodily injury. 

On July 12, 2015, Ira Johnson and his friends attended a party in North Highlands.  When asked to leave, the group started a fight.  Johnson and another unidentified man pulled out guns and fired multiple shots into the crowd of partygoers, killing Rogelio Gastelum.  Two other victims were shot, but survived their injuries.


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