Sacto 9-1-1
March 9, 2012
Jury convicts woman of murder for setting up party shooting

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Tamara Nicole Bassett of first-degree murder in her retrial for the the April 19, 2009, shooting death of Alison Joelle Freeseha at a party in Elk Grove.

The jury also convicted Bassett, who is now 26, on three additional attempted murder counts for the shootings of three men who attended the party in the early morning hours on Paseo Del Sol Way.

A jury last year failed to reach a verdict on Bassett's role in the shootings. The same jury convicted her boyfriend, Raymond Thomas Vigel, 23, of first-degree murder in the death of Freeseha, 25, and one attempted murder count. That panel could not reach verdicts on two other attempted murder counts against Vigel. He was convicted today on those charges.

Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle scheduled the sentencings on both defendants for April 13.

According to evidence in the two trials, Bassett had attended the Elk Grove party with some friends. When one of them got into an argument with her own boyfriend, Bassett intervened and exchanged punches with him. She then called Vigel, left and picked him up in her car and brought him back to the party where he shouted out the name of his street gang and fired 10 rounds into the party. The gunfire killed Freeseha and injured the three men, one of whom was paralyzed.

PHOTO CAPTION: Alison Joelle Freeseha

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