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Man gets life sentence for West Sacramento bar shooting

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 11:17 am

A Yolo County judge sentenced a Sacramento man to life without the possibility of parole for the 2006 shooting death of a janitor at a West Sacramento bar.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock announced his sentence on Monday for 29-year-old Juan Antonio Gonzales.

On June 18, 2006, Alfonso Prado, a janitor at Ortega's West in West Sacramento was cleaning the bar when individuals entered and robbed Prado of his belongings, officials said. During the robbery, the intruders shot Prado in the chest, killing him.

Three days later, the Sacramento Police Department recovered a handgun and entered identifying information into the National Ballistics Network. Two years later, a “cold hit” established that the gun, which was last in the possession of an associate of Gonzales, was the weapon used to kill Prado, officials said.

A year later, the California Department of Justice Criminalistics Laboratory, received a cold hit identification establishing that a small amount of blood found at the scene matched DNA from Gonzales that was in the national DNA database.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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