Thursday
April
24
2014
7:36 pm
Weather
  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Murder case resolved with mayhem plea deal
December 10, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Mario Cazarez Jr.

The alleged Norteño gangmember accused of starting a shoving match that ended with the fatal shooting of a man mistaken for a rival because of his blue jacket avoided a murder trial by pleading no contest to felony mayhem.

Mario Cazarez Jr., 20, also admitted acting on behalf of a gang in return for no sentencing promises. However, prosecutors plan to recommend a 14-year term when Cazarez is sentenced Feb. 7.

Cazarez’s resolution is quite different than that of Michael Elijah Rodriguez, 21, who actually shot Julio Pantoja Cuevas several times and is looking at life in prison without parole after being convicted last month of first-degree murder. Co-defendant Jaime Rodriguez, 22, pleaded no contest in early October to first-degree murder and a special gang enhancement in return for a flat 26-year term when sentenced in January.

On Nov., 28, 2010, Cuevas was allegedly visiting three female friends at a Madison Avenue apartment complex in Redwood City wearing a navy blue jacket. Cazarez and both Rodriguezes, no relation, allegedly approached Cuevas and challenged him about what gang he claimed. After a shoving match led by Cazarez, Michael Rodriguez allegedly pulled a gun and shot him several times. Cuevas ran down an alley where he fell and died and the suspects fled in the opposite direction.

Cazarez and Michael Rodriguez were arrested the day after the shooting. Jaime Rodriguez remained at large until June 2011 when he was arrested in Santa Fe, N.M., for a domestic dispute in a casino.

On Nov. 25, a jury deliberated less than three hours before convicting Michael Rodriguez. On top of the life term, he also faces another 25 years to life for the use of a firearm. He will be sentenced Jan. 13.

All the men remain in custody without bail.

Another defendant, Gerardo Aboytes, 21, also accepted a plea deal and received 17 years in prison for mayhem, perjury and assault with a deadly weapon. Aboytes was not physically at the scene when Cuevas was shot but called his alleged accomplices to alert them to the presence of possible gang rivals, according to prosecutors. He was tied to the case after testifying before the grand jury and later indicted.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

Tags: rodriguez, cazarez, cuevas, after, michael, murder,


Other stories from today:

Teen injured in drive-by shooting in Menlo Park
San Mateo County police reports
Class notes
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Do you support a land swap between the city of San Carlos and the elementary school district so the Charter Learning Center could be built on North Crestview?

Yes
No
Not sure

 

 
Tabbed Structure - Regular
 
 
 
 
 
 
Light showers, possible hail arriving tonight
Bay Area residents should expect rainy weather to arrive tonight and continue through the weekend, b..
Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brin..
Paul McCartney to close Candlestick Park with farewell concert in August
Music legend Paul McCartney will perform the final concert at San Francisco's soon-to-be-demolished ..
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and requ..
Man, 84, arrested for shooting at Daly City medical facility
Police in Daly City have arrested an 84-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a medical cent..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
Millbrae newspaper