SACRAMENTO - The assailants of a man who was forced off the road, shot in the head, stabbed and then run down with his own car face possible sentences of life in prison after two Yolo County juries found them guilty of multiple felonies this past week.
The victim was the former husband of the niece of defendant Danny Joe Stearman, 65, of Shafter in Kern County. The Yolo County District Attorney's Office charged Stearman, and a second man, David Earl Bristow, 55, of Bakersfield, with ambushing the victim on Yolo County Line Road in Dunnigan as he drove to work on Oct. 1, 2012.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven described Bristow as a hit man who was identified through cellphone records.
The victim survived the attack and testified at trial.
Raven said Bristow was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, and enhancements for personal use of a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury. A second jury found Stearman guilty of the same charges except for personal use of a firearm.
Both men were tried in a joint trial but had separate juries.
Stearman was set to be sentenced Feb. 14. A sentencing date hasn't been scheduled for Bristow.