Two men sentenced for 880 pellet gun shootings

Shawn Wagner and Rojelio Gomez entered their pleas Monday to two each counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of vandalism. They initially faced more than 80 counts. (AP Photo)

December 18, 2009 3:34:19 PM PST
Two 21-year-old men were sentenced today for a series of highway pellet gun shootings in Fremont last spring.

Shawn Phillip Wagner of Mariposa and Rojelio Samuel Gomez of Fremont each pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony vandalism.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy, who followed the terms of the plea agreement, today sentenced Wagner to three years and eight months in state prison and sentenced Gomez to three years. Murphy also ordered both men to pay restitution to their 42 victims.

The CHP arrested Wagner and Gomez on May 21 in connection with the series of shootings. Most occurred on Interstate Highway 680 between Mission Boulevard and Washington Street in Fremont and nine shootings happened on Interstate Highway 880.

The shootings resulted in damage to several vehicles and minor injuries to one person.

Wagner and Gomez were each charged with 42 counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon and 43 counts of felony and misdemeanor vandalism, but they were allowed to plead guilty to only three felony charges in their plea agreement.


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