Santa Rosa, CA – September 8, 2016 – District Attorney Jill R. Ravitch has announced that earlier today defendant Ricardo Botello, (20) of Healdsburg, CA and Miguel Madrigal (21) of Windsor, CA were sentenced to state prison by the Honorable Robert M. Laforge. A third defendant, Jose Martinez (21) of Santa Rosa, CA previously pled “no contest” to being an accessory after the fact, and is in custody pending a violation of probation.
Mr. Botello pled “no contest” to violating Penal Code section 246, shooting at an occupied vehicle, which occurred in Windsor on June 13, 2014, and admitted sentencing enhancements for using a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury on the victim. He also pled “no contest” to separate violation of Penal Code section 246 for participating in shooting at a home in Healdsburg. Botello was sentenced to serve 16 years, 8 months at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Mr. Madrigal also pled “no contest” to two counts of violating Penal Code section 246, for his conduct during the Windsor and Healdsburg shootings. In addition, Madrigal admitted his use of a firearm. Madrigal was sentenced to 14 years at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “The defendants’ actions were calculated and extremely violent. We are pleased these individuals will be off the street for an extended period of time.”
The night of the incident Mr. Madrigal, Mr. Botello, and Mr. Martinez met up at a small beach in Healdsburg and sat around drinking and smoking marijuana. The three then drove to Healdsburg and fired shots at a house on March Street, barely missing the occupants who were lying in bed. Healdsburg Police Department responded to call and collected bullet casings. Minutes later law enforcement received a phone call of a shooting victim who had been shot in the face by someone in a car at the intersection of Arata Lane and Brooks Road in Windsor. When contacted, the victim of the shooting stated his car had broken down and he was trying to push it through the intersection when he saw a car drive up slowly. He got out thinking they were there to help him. Instead, the car drove past him, turned around, and when parallel to him, someone within fired eight shots. The final shot pierced the door and ricocheted into his face.
The defendants were located shortly thereafter, and all admitted their involvement in the shooting. Further, bullets collected at the scene of the Windsor shooting matched those found in Healdsburg, and the defendants were implicated in that crime as well.
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.