Gang Member Convicted of Attempted Murder, Use of Firearm
DATE: June 25, 2021
CASE: Armando Garcia (Case #18FE001992)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Bret Wasley, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
Armando Garcia was convicted by a jury of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm. The jury also found true allegations that Garcia personally used a firearm inflicting great bodily injury. Garcia admitted to a prior 1998 strike conviction for reckless discharge of a firearm.
On December 9, 2012, sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, abdomen and arm. The victim survived his wounds. Deputies found shell casings and blood droplets a few blocks from where the victim was located.
Law enforcement was investigating Garcia for an unrelated matter when they learned that Garcia was bragging about shooting someone he identified by a gang name. A search of a law enforcement database identified that name as the victim’s gang moniker. Shell casings from the scene of the shooting matched casings fired from a semi-automatic handgun that Sacramento Police officers previously found in Garcia’s possession.
Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 48 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for August 27, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 4 before the Honorable Steve White.