Santa Rosa, CA – May 20, 2016 – District Attorney Jill R. Ravitch announced today that defendant Ricardo Botello, (20) of Healdsburg, CA and Miguel Madrigal (20) of Windsor, CA entered no contest pleas on May 18, 2016 to felony charges in front of the Honorable Robert M. Laforge. A third defendant, Jose Martinez (21) of
Santa Rosa, CA pleaded “no contest” earlier to being an accessory after the fact.
Botello pled to violating Penal Code section 246, shooting at a vehicle, which occurred in Windsor on June 13, 2014, and admitted enhancements for both using a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury on the victim. He also pled to a second violation of Penal
Code section 246 for participating in a shooting at a home in Healdsburg.
Madrigal pled to violating Penal Code section 246, shooting at a vehicle, which occurred in Windsor on June 13, 2014. He also pled to another violation of Penal Code section 246 for shooting at a home in Healdsburg and admitted his use of the firearm.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We will aggressively prosecute those who commit violent acts such as these. It is fortunate that no one was killed and that we were able to bring the responsible parties to justice.”
The three defendants met-up at a small beach in Healdsburg and sat around drinking and smoking marijuana. They then drove to Healdsburg and fired shots at a house on March Street, barely missing the occupants who were lying in bed.
Minutes later the defendants drove through Windsor when they encountered a man pushing his stalled car through an intersection. They turned toward that victim and fired 8 shots at him, one of which penetrated the car door and ricocheted into his face.
Sentencing is set for August 18 where Botello faces a state prison sentence between 15-20 years, and Madrigal faces a state prison sentence between 12-19 years.
Martinez was sentenced to one year in county jail.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jenica P. Leonard, assisted by District Attorney Investigator David Lundgren. Joseph Horseman of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office headed the investigation. The Victim and his family received support
from Rocio Torres-Murphy of the Victim Services Division and Ollie Adams, Restitution Specialist, handled the restitution matters.