Q: Whatever happened to the three people that were involved in the 2012 New Year’s Eve shooting death of a bartender in Old Sacramento?
A: Three people were arrested in the shooting deaths of 35-year-old Gabriel Cordova and 36-year-old Daniel Ferrier at the Sports Corner Cafe in Old Sacramento.
Amber Scholz was accused of triggering the events that led to the shootings when she reacted angrily after Cordova accidentally spilled beer on her. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, she pleaded no contest Friday to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2016, after the trial for her two co-defendants.
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The trial for Carlito Montoya and Charles Wesley Fowler-Scholz currently is set for Jan. 13. Both face charges of murder and attempted murder.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, after Cordova spilled beer on her, Amber Scholz allegedly told her husband, Fowler-Scholz, to “go get” Cordova. Fowler-Scholz reportedly smashed Cordova in the face with a beer bottle.
As Ferrier, an Iraq war veteran who worked security at the bar, approached to break up the fight, Montoya allegedly walked up and shot him, then turned and shot Cordova. Cordova’s wife and another security employee in the bar were wounded.
Montoya and Fowler-Scholz remain in Sacramento County Jail.