The Colusa man and woman who were arrested in February on charges related to a shooting and robbery near Colusa Casino were sentenced in the Colusa County Superior Court last week.
The man – Ysidro Chico Arismendez, 33 – had pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder, with a special allegation that he caused great bodily injury, on May 30. During his hearing last Wednesday, Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson handed down a seven-year sentence for the attempted murder charge, and a consecutive three-year term for the special allegation, following the recommendation made by the Probation Department in Arismendez’s pre-sentencing report.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell said prior to Thompson’s decision that he believed the recommendation from the probation department was just, and that the result of Arismendez’s shooting of an unidentified victim in the chest “luckily didn’t end up as bad as it could have.”
Arismendez was given credit for 195 days served. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years, and will remain on parole for up to five years from his release from prison.
Shantrice Moon-Gomez, 21, was on for setting of her preliminary hearing last week, but reached a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office and was sentenced during last week’s hearing. Moon-Gomez pleaded no contest and was found guilty of attempted second degree robbery, with a special allegation that she had knowledge that Arismendez was armed with a firearm in the commission of the robbery. In exchange for hear plea, the District Attorney’s office agreed not to file a charge for conspiracy.
In Moon-Gomez’s pre-plea report, the Colusa County Probation Department recommended that Moon-Gomez receive the aggravated term for her role in the crime, while her public defender – Sukhraj Pamma – asked that she receive the mid-term due to her age, and the remorse that his client had expressed to him.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Farrell said that he felt Probation’s recommendation was appropriate because Moon-Gomez was the orchestrator of the robbery-gone-bad; that she was the one who came up with the idea to rob the confidential victim, and had “maintained some sort of relationship through text messaging” where the victim believed that they were in some sort of romantic relationship, and that Moon-Gomez used that relationship to lure the victim to Colusa and rob him with Arismendez.
“(Moon-Gomez) took advantage of a position of trust to make the victim more vulnerable,” Farrell said. “Nothing indicates any reason for it other than she wanted some money that day. She knew (Arismendez) was armed, and also indicated in her statement that she thought (Arismendez) might beat (the victim) up… The sophistication and criminality is of a high degree. All facts of the case indicate that the events that led to this man being shot in the chest were initiated by, and made worse by (Moon-Gomez’s) actions.”
Pamma said that Moon-Gomez’s account differed from that laid out by prosecutors, and that she had been pressured by Arismendez into committing the robbery. Judge Thomspon ultimately agreed with the prosecutors and probation.
“The court has had a chance to observe both defendants,” Thompson said. “It is clear to the court who is the cool customer here.”
Thompson added that Moon-Gomez had a serious and escalating criminal history before handing down the aggravated sentence term of three years, with a consecutive one-year term for the special allegation. Following her release from prison, Moon-Gomez will be placed on parole for up to four years. As a convicted felon, she will be barred from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.