Q: John Bunch was charged with the murder of Walter Gibson at the Home Depot parking lot on Truxel Road. He was supposed to be on trial in April 2016. Did that ever happen? If so, what was the outcome?
Duane Gordon, Sacramento
A: A jury found John Bunch guilty of murder in the 2015 shooting death of 53-year-old Walter Gibson at a shopping center in Sacramento’s North Natomas area.
Bunch was sentenced June 30, 2017, to life in prison without possibility of parole, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online. Now 26 years old, he is at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.
Sacramento police responded at 8:34 p.m. Sept. 28, 2015, to reports of gunfire in the 3600 block of Truxel Road. They found Gibson, a resident of the Sutter County community of Rio Oso, with gunshot wounds to the upper body in the parking lot of the Natomas Marketplace. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives determined that the shooting was drug related.
Bunch was arrested in Alameda County about a month after the shooting.
A second man, 18-year-old Jason Alexander Brown of Oakland, also was sought in connection with the North Natomas shooting, as well as deadly shootings in Livermore and Fresno. In November 2015, he was found dead in an Oakland motel room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police, according to an account in the San Francisco Chronicle.