Sacto 9-1-1
April 24, 2013
West Sacramento man convicted of robbery that led to shooting

A West Sacramento man has been convicted of robbery in a case involving a 2011 marijuana deal in which one person was shot.

A Yolo County jury last week found Wendell Joseph Coleman, 22, guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm. The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal, authorities said. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the deal was set up through multiple phone calls between Gartiez and Coleman.

After several conversations and changes in location, Coleman and an unidentified partner met with the three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 425 Maple St. in West Sacramento.

Coleman and his partner approached Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed the three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman's partner reportedly pistol whipped Gartiez in the face, then shot him in the knee.

Coleman and his partner fled, and police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later. Gartiez was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg, authorities said.

Coleman is to be sentenced May 15 by Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed, who presided over the trail.

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