A man already sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing a jewelry store at gunpoint had an additional five years and four months of jail time tacked on Thursday after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of Jonathan Alcazar in East Palo Alto, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.
Alcazar was killed in the backyard of his home on Illinois Street Jan. 15, 2013, by Leonard James Gaines, 24, and two other defendants.
Emmanuel Imani Hyland, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the crime and was sentenced to 25-years-to-life. Raymond Louis Bradford, 31, also pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Alcazar’s death. He was sentenced to 80-years-to-life.
Hyland and Bradford’s sentences also reflect charges associated with other, additional crimes.
Gaines was allowed to plea his case down to manslaughter due to evidentiary issues, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. In total, however, he’s been sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison.
Defense attorney Kenneth Rutherford did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gaines’ case is part of Operation Sunny Day — a multi-year, multi-agency effort that’s led to numerous successful prosecutions for crimes including homicide — many of which involved alleged gang members.