Sacto 9-1-1
December 19, 2012
Woodland gangsters headed to prison for attempted murder

Three gang members have been sentenced in a 2011 case of attempted murder in Woodland.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock on Tuesday sentenced Rolando Arismendez, 34, Juan Reyes, 21, and German Quezada, 19, to prison terms for attempted murder and gang 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 fellow gang members Reyes and Quezada. Their plan, officials said, was to kill a resident of Donnelly Circle in Woodland.

After driving by to scout the location, the gang members returned to the site 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 ran off. Woodland police recovered two of the three handguns used and arrested Reyes as he was running from the scene of the crash. Quezada was arrested at a Woodland hospital when he arrived for treatment of gunshot wounds that were apparently self-inflicted during the shooting, according to the news release.

Officials said the defendants' cell phones and other evidence established that Arismendez had supplied the guns and the car used in the shooting.

Judge Mock sentenced Reyes and Quezada to 20 years in state prison as well as a term of 15 years to life. He sentenced Arismendez to 29 years in prison and seven years to life. All three men will be eligible for parole.

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