NB: The man who fatally shot El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael in October 2019 has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder, California’s statutory minimum for the crime.
Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco, 22, was convicted last month by a jury for killing Ishmael as the deputy responded to a midnight 911 call at an illegal marijuana grow site near Somerset.
Christopher Garry Ross, the property owner who called 911 and told authorities he saw men he believed to be stealing his plants from his grow, actually knew Vasquez and another man were tending to the property.
Vasquez opened fire, hitting Ishmael four times and wounding another deputy, Josh Tasabia.
In a scathing three-page statement Monday, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson blasted Friday’s sentencing decision by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras and blamed recent legislation passed by California lawmakers he said has “eroded” accountability for violent crimes. read more h/t Brad.