Colusa man sentenced to prison for shooting friend


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A Colusa man who shot another man in the face in 2018 was sentenced on Jan. 15 to 10 years in state prison.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson sentenced Manuel Valencia Estrada, 46, of Colusa, to three years for assault with a deadly weapon, four years for the special allegation of using a firearm in commission of a crime, and three years for a special allegation of assault causing great bodily injury. 

The sentences will run consecutively, Thompson said, in keeping with the plea deal his attorney, Geoffrey Burton Wander, worked out with the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office. 

Facing a 25-year-to-life sentence for attempted murder, Estrada pleaded guilty to reduced charges in December although he continued to deny shooting Adrian Reyes Torres Trujillo in the face with a .22 caliber weapon on Oct. 19, 2018. 

Court records indicate that Estrada tried to force Trujillo, 38, to leave the Highway 45 property of another man, whose daughter both Trujillo and Estrada were pursuing. 

Trujillo initially told Emergency Room staff at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville that an unknown assailant shot him in the dark during a robbery attempt outside the Colusa Quik Serv Market, but eventually told law enforcement what really happened and that the woman tried to get between the two during the altercation despite Estrada having a gun. 

A search warrant served on Estrada’s Colusa residence and vehicle turned up .22 caliber shell casings, four additional .22 caliber bullets, a high capacity Smith & Wesson magazine with 10 .40 caliber bullets, and a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, court records indicate. 

Although Estrada has no criminal history in the past 20 years, Thompson said the mid-term sentence of 10 years was warranted because the shooting was deliberate and Estrada’s victim was a good friend, which made him more vulnerable. 

Estrada, who was not eligible for probation, has already served 449 actual days in the Colusa County Jail and will receive 67 additional credits for a total of 516 days off his 10-year sentence, court officials said. 

He will remain on three years probation if paroled, Thompson said. ■

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