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Defendant Pleads No Contest to 2015 Homicide and Second Related Shooting for 33 Years in Prison

Santa Rosa, CA  –  April 7, 2017  –  Defendant Ramon Amadeo Perez, 21 years old of Santa Rosa, pled no contest earlier today in front of the Honorable Patrick Broderick to charges in two separate criminal cases where he was accused of shooting others for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Specifically, Perez pled no contest to committing voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Austin Sargent-Deselle. He further admitted at the time he was armed with a firearm and the shooting was for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Additionally, Perez pled no contest to assaulting Eleazar Aguilera with a semiautomatic handgun on a different date, and admitted committing the assault for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “The pleas in this case ensure justice for the victims and their families, and benefit the community by removing a violent gang member from our streets for a lengthy period of time.”

On July 6, 2015, Perez, who was a known Norteño gang member, and his two co-defendants Mizrain Nava-Cano and Jesse Urbina, confronted the victim and the victim’s friends at an apartment complex on Corby Avenue. During the confrontation the defendant opened fire on the victim as the victim ran away, killing him. 

During the investigation into the Corby shooting, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office examined the ballistics evidence for links to other unsolved shootings in the area. The Santa Rosa Police Department provided information to them regarding an April shooting on Rockwell Place, and the bullet casings were linked through forensic evidence, establishing Perez as the shooter in both cases.

In the April incident, the defendant rode his bike through a Santa Rosa apartment complex, riding past families with children, when he came upon Victim Eleazar Aguilera and his brother.  Perez shot him and fled the area.

Sentencing is set for June 8, 2017 at which time the defendant will be sentenced to serve 33 years at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Robert J. Waner and Jenica P. Leonard, assisted by District Attorney Investigators Denise Urton.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Rosa Police Department were the primary investigating agencies and were assisted by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations.


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