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For Immediate Release: January 15, 2013

Norteño Gang Member Sentenced to 14 Years Prison for Santa Rosa Gang Assault

Santa Rosa, CA – (January 15, 2013) - District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Ryan Orlando Gomez, 20, of Santa Rosa was sentenced today by the Honorable Kenneth Gnoss to 14 years, 4 months in state prison for three separate counts of assault with a deadly weapon with gang related enhancements.

District Attorney Ravitch stated: “This gang attack occurred near a heavily-traveled intersection in Santa Rosa. The attackers caused multiple injuries to three victims. Thanks to excellent work by Santa Rosa Police Officers, the attackers were found and arrested. This prosecution resulted in a lengthy prison sentence, demonstrating that the District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to keeping violent gang members off our streets. Gang crime prosecutions will continue to be a very high priority of this office.”

The charges resulted from a May 22, 2011, assault where numerous Norteño gang members assaulted a group of male victims at a Shell Gas Station on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa. One victim was stabbed numerous times and suffered a ruptured eyeball when a paving stone was thrown down on his head while he lay on the ground. Another victim was slashed with a knife by a member of the group and received a large gash on his back that required medical treatment. The third victim was assaulted with a tire iron. Gomez was believed to be the assailant who threw the paving stone onto the head of the victim as he lay on the concrete.

None of the victims were present in court. Gomez is the final defendant to be sentenced in a case where a total of eight Norteño gang members were convicted for their roles in the assault.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jason Riehl, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Dave Kahl. Detective Kyle Philp of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.

Contact Information

Terry Menshek
Media Coordinator
District Attorney’s Office
County of Sonoma
600 Administration Drive, Room 212 J
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-3098 Work
(707) 565-2762 Work Fax

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