Q: I used to work with Michael Gonzales, who was shot while he was trying to get his car from the guy repairing it. Whatever happened to the case?
A: Anthony Michael Vigil was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of 26-year-old Michael Paul Gonzales Jr. outside Vigil’s Gold River business.
Vigil was sentenced in September 2013 to 50 years to life in prison. Now 50 years old, he is at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Vigil ran a business called Anthony’s Body Shop on Amalgam Way, just off Sunrise Boulevard. Gonzales took his car to the shop several months before he was killed. Vigil reportedly told Gonzales that the work on the car would be completed in approximately one week.
When the work wasn’t done a week after that, Gonzales called, texted and emailed Vigil numerous times, but never received a call back. Later, Vigil told Gonzales that there were issues with his insurance company paying for the repairs.
Two weeks before the shooting, Gonzales met another customer who said he was having trouble with Vigil. Gonzales agreed to accompany the other man to Vigil’s shop to serve him with a small claims suit, according to Vigil’s probation report.
Gonzales and the other man arrived at the shop about 10 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011. When Vigil arrived later, the report said, he retrieved a shotgun from inside his shop, called 911 and told the California Highway Patrol dispatcher that there were trespassers at his business and he was going to shoot them.
Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said a law enforcement helicopter spotted a body on the ground and deputies who arrived moments later found Gonzales, who had been killed by a shotgun blast. Vigil was standing nearby and a shotgun was on the ground at his side, sheriff’s officials said.