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For Immediate Release

Man Pleads “No Contest” to Attempted Murder

Santa Rosa, CA  –  November 23, 2016  –  Defendant Ronnie Paul Threadgill, 24 years-old of San Francisco, pleaded “no contest” today to two felonies: attempted second degree murder (Penal Code 664/187) and first degree attempted robbery (Penal Code 664/211.)  Threadgill also admitted two enhancements: personally using a firearm during the commission of attempted murder (PC 12022.5(a)), and causing great bodily injury to the victim resulting in paralysis (PC 12022.7(b).  The defendant stipulated to a sentence of twenty-two years in state prison.  He is to be sentenced in Department Two on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. 

District Attorney Jill Ravitch stated, “This is a just outcome to a senseless shooting with tragic consequences. This defendant chose to use a gun to commit a robbery. He shot an unarmed female who posed no threat to him, nearly killing her.  As a result of his actions he will be spending a substantial part of his life in state prison.”

On July 1, 2015, the defendant went to Motel 6 in Rohnert Park to contact a prostitute he had met on-line.  At that time he was a student at Santa Rosa Junior College.  During the encounter, the defendant attempted to rob her and shot her twice before fleeing the scene. The un-armed victim suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and the back of the neck which rendered her quadriplegic.  Witnesses at the scene provided a description of the suspect and he was arrested approximately one week after the shooting.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Emily Malfatti and Chief Deputy District Attorney Spencer Brady.  District Attorney Investigators Tim Dempsey and Kris Allen assisted with the prosecutionRohnert Park Public Safety Department headed the investigation.


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