Santa Rosa, CA – February 25, 2021 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the three adult defendants involved in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot in Healdsburg have pleaded “no contest” to felony offenses and were found guilty by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.
The Healdsburg Police Department investigation revealed that, around 3:30 p.m. on September 29, 2020, Isaiah Antonio Torres, 18 years old of Healdsburg, exited the rear passenger window of a vehicle, reached over the vehicle’s roof, and fired approximately five rounds from a handgun towards the victim seated on a picnic table in a grassy lot at Fitch and Mason streets. As the victim tried to run away, the vehicle followed, and Torres fired approximately five more rounds. None of the rounds struck the victim. The vehicle then sped away. David Botello-Barragan, 19 years old of Healdsburg, was identified as the vehicle’s driver. Three juveniles were also in the vehicle. Individuals in the vehicle appear to have been affiliated with a criminal street gang, and the victim was affiliated with a rival criminal street gang. Following the shooting, the group went to Rohnert Park, where they dropped off a backpack containing the firearm used in the shooting, plus several other firearms, with David Saucedo-Solorio, 19 years old of Rohnert Park. All five in the vehicle were arrested the next day in Vacaville.
Torres, the shooter, pleaded “no contest” on February 25, 2021, to a felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, with an admission to an enhancement for personal use of a firearm. He will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, per the terms of a negotiated plea agreement with the district attorney’s office. Botello-Barragan, the getaway driver, pleaded “no contest” to a felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Judge Averill will determine Botello-Barragan’s sentence. He is presumptively ineligible for probation. The district attorney’s office will ask Judge Averill to sentence Botello-Barragan to state prison. Judge Averill will sentence both Torres and Botello-Barragan on March 25at 8:30 a.m. in Department Two of the Superior Court.
Saucedo-Solorio, who kept the firearms after the shooting, pleaded “no contest” on December 1, 2020, to a felony count of being an accessory after the fact. He will receive two years of formal, supervised probation, per the terms of a negotiated plea agreement with the district attorney’s office. Judge Averill will sentence Saucedo-Solorio on April 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in Department Two of the Superior Court.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Fortunately, the victim in this case was not physically harmed. The shooter in this case is going to state prison for a decade. His getaway driver is facing up to nine years in state prison. Violent crimes like these have no place in Sonoma County. My office will continue to aggressively prosecute cases involving violent crime including firearms and gang activity.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Spencer Brady and Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Bertz, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Ken Pistorio. Detective Craig Smith of the Healdsburg Police Department headed the investigation.