PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Andrew Smith, Homicide Unit
On April 19, 2018, a jury convicted Macairo Villalpando of second-degree murder and use of a gun in the killing of Tony Brambila. On February 7, 2016, Villalpando went to the victim’s home to purchase methamphetamine, which he had done on prior occasions. Villalpando claimed that the shotgun went off accidentally as he rested the butt of the gun on the ground. However, the pathologists testified that the wound track demonstrated the shooting did not occur in that manner.
Villalpando faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2018, in Department 27 before the Honorable Steven Gevercer.