3 convicted in deadly Del Paso Heights drive-by shooting

5:30 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Three men were found guilty of second- degree murder, four counts of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied building and firearm and gang charges for a drive-by shooting in Del Paso Heights last year.

According to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, defendants Adam Cornejo and Isaac Vasquez were in an SUV driven by Jesse Cornejo on Jan. 19, 2011,  when the first two men opened fire on Deandre Ellison and four friends as they pulled up to Ellison's home on Carmel Avenue. One of Ellison's friend returned fire.

Ellison was shot in the back and died.

According to court records, the defendants fled the scene. Sacramento police officers soon spotted the SUV and attempted to stop it. Jesse Cornejo sped off and a high-speed police chase ensued until the SUV crashed into several vehicles at the intersection of Del Paso Road and Natomas Boulevard. The trio ran from officers but were caught.

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Jesse Cornego was also convicted of evading a peace officer and willful and wanton disregard for public safety.

The D.A.'s Office said the men were associated with the Norteno street gang.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 14.


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