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Men convicted of North Sacramento shooting that killed the wrong person

Laurencio Quintero
Laurencio Quintero Courtesy of the Sacramento Police Department

Two men were convicted of the shooting murder of a 50-year-old woman at her North Sacramento apartment in 2015, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

A Sacramento jury found Richard Gutierrez and Laurencio Quintero shot multiple rounds into a Rio Linda Boulevard apartment complex on June 13, 2015, with a bullet piercing the woman while she was sleeping and narrowly missing other residents.

Investigators responding to the incident determined that Stacy Norman, the woman killed, was not the intended target of the shooting, which likely stemmed from an unrelated dispute between two groups.

The bullet that hit her tore through her chest and caused her to die of blood loss, the District Attorney's press release said.

Detectives found Quintero and Gutierrez later broke into a different apartment on Beaumont Street, located a few blocks away, to confront a person living there, according to the press release. They carried at least one gun and fired five shots into the resident's bedroom door, but the person was not there. The pair were arrested a month later for unrelated assault and weapons charges, and were additionally charged with Norman's death.

The jury also convicted both men of being felons in possession of a firearm and shooting at an occupied house during Thursday's hearing. Quintero faces added charges of first-degree burglary and discharging a firearm in a negligent manner. He could be sentenced to a maximum of 62 years to life in prison. Gutierrez could spend 50 years to life behind bars.

Sentencing for both men is scheduled for March 23. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Laura West, who works in the Sacramento County District Attorney's Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit.

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