Three men were convicted and are serving prison sentences for the 2004 home-invasion robbery.
According to stories in The Bee, Jose Humberto Magana Torres, Octavio Gomez Perez and Heiner Orlando Villeda randomly broke into the home of a 71-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman, then ransacked the residence after tying up the couple. They also struck the man several times and demanded money from him.
The robbers then set fires in the house and took the man’s car, which had been parked in the garage.
The woman managed to untie her hands and jump out a window as the house filled with smoke. A policeman rescued the man, who was unconscious after being overcome by smoke.
The three robbers, who were undocumented immigrants, were arrested in the Sacramento area within a month.
In 2007, Magana Torres and Gomez Perez were convicted by a Placer County jury of 20 felony counts, including conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder with deliberation and premeditation, and arson causing great bodily injury. Each was sentenced to 62 years to life in prison.
Villeda pleaded guilty to eight charges, including conspiracy and attempted murder, and was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison.
Magana Torres, 30, is incarcerated at California State Prison, Centinela, in Imperial, and Gomez Perez, 28, is at California State Prison, Corcoran. Villeda, 35, is at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe.