Sacto 9-1-1
March 24, 2010
Woodland man shot, robbed victim of pot, Yolo jury decides

By Bill Lindelof

A Yolo County jury has convicted a Woodland man of shooting another man in the chest and stealing his marijuana.

Anthony Vasquez, 22, was found guilty of robbery, assault and attempting to intimidate a witness.

Officials with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office said Vasquez, whom they identified as a Norteno gang member, made arrangements on May 5, 2008, to buy marijuana. When the seller got into a car, Vasquez grabbed the marijuana and shot the victim.

Vasquez then went to a party.

The victim underwent hours of surgery to repair damage from a slug that pierced his lung, the DA's office said.

Six months later, Vasquez was arrested.

On July 4, a correctional officer at the jail found a letter written by Vasquez.
In it, Vasquez admitted shooting the victim and asking that his "homies" dissuade witnesses from attending his trial or urge them to say say Vasquez was not present at the time of the shooting, the DA's office said in a news release.

Vasquez is scheduled to return to Yolo County Superior Court on Thursday to set a date for sentencing. He faces life in prison.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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