Sacto 9-1-1
November 1, 2012
Three gang members convicted in Woodland drive-by shooting

Three Woodland men have been convicted of attempted murder in a November 2011 drive-by shooting.

After two days of deliberation, a Yolo County jury on Tuesday returned guilty verdicts on Rolando Arismendez, 34, Juan Reyes, 21, and German Vizcarra, 19. The charges included conspiracy to commit attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and gang charges and enhancements, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Nov. 16, 2011, Arismendez, a validated gang member, provided guns, a car and a driver to Reyes and Vizcarra, also gang members, the release said. They planned to murder a resident of Donnelly Circle in Woodland, officials said.

After driving by to scout the location, the gang members returned and began firing on the victim, who was standing in front of the residence. Although the bullets missed the victim, one bullet entered the bedroom of the home and passed through a child's playpen before lodging in a mattress.

As they fled, the defendants crashed their car in a nearby park and then ran away.

Woodland police recovered two of the three handguns used and arrested Reyes as he ran from the crash scene. Vizcarra was arrested at a Woodland hospital when he arrived for treatment of gunshot wounds that were apparently self-inflicted during the shooting, officials said.

The defendants' cell phones and other evidence established that Arismendez had supplied the guns and car used in the drive-by shooting.

All three men are to be sentenced Nov. 30 by Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock.

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