District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that the gunman and getaway driver in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot, were sentenced this morning by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Isaiah Antonio Torres, 18 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, per the terms of a negotiated plea agreement with the district attorney’s office. Torres 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. The Healdsburg Police Department investigation revealed that, around 3:30 p.m. on September 29, 2020, Torres 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. Botello-Barragan pleaded “no contest” on February 25, 2021, to a felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Judge Averill suspended the execution of a six-year prison sentence and placed Botello-Barragan on two years of formal, supervised probation. Among the terms and conditions of his probation, Botello-Barragan will serve one year in county jail and is ordered not to associate with or participate in a criminal street gang. The district attorney’s office argued Botello-Barragan was just as culpable as Torres and recommended Botello-Barragan serve a six-year prison sentence. 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, of Rohnert Park. Three juveniles were also in the vehicle. Torres and Botello-Barragan were affiliated with a criminal street gang, and the victim was affiliated with a rival criminal street gang.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Cases involving gun violence will be aggressively prosecuted, and significant sentences will be sought.”
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.