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Second man convicted in Old Sacramento New Year’s Eve shooting

The second defendant has been convicted in the fatal 2012 New Year’s Eve shooting at Old Sacramento bar.

In a court trial, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Meegan found Charles Wesley Fowler-Scholz, 37, guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Meegan also found that Fowler-Scholz had 12 prior strike convictions under California’s “three-strikes” law. Those prior strike convictions included 11 robberies and attempted robbery, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

The shootings occurred after one of the victims, 35-year-old Gabriel Cordova, accidentally spilled a drink on Fowler-Scholz’s wife, Amber Scholz, inside the Sports Corner Cafe in Old Sacramento. The two reportedly exchanged words, and Amber Scholz then informed her husband and Carlito Montoya of what had happened.

Fowler-Scholz and Montoya went over to Cordova, surrounding him, and Fowler-Scholz smashed Cordova in the face with his beer bottle, authorities said.

Daniel Ferrier, 36, a security guard at the bar, attempted to break up the fight, but Montoya fired several shots, killing Ferrier. Another security guard, Stephen Walton, attempted to intervene and Montoya fired at him as well, wounding him. Montoya then fired several shots at Cordova, killing him.

Cordova’s wife, Christina Cordova, also sustained a gunshot wound.

Montoya was previously convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, premeditated and deliberate attempted murder with infliction of great bodily injury and assault with a firearm, as well as gun and gang enhancements.

Montoya and Fowler-Scholz are to be sentenced May 12 by Meegan.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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