FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 24, 2013 –
Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on April 18, a Yolo County jury found 22-year-old Wendell Joseph Coleman of West Sacramento guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm. The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.
According to the D.A.’s office:
On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams, and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the marijuana deal was set up through phone calls between the victim Nick Gartiez and Coleman. After multiple conversations and changed locations, Coleman and his unidentified crime partner met with all three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 425 Maple Street in West Sacramento.
Coleman and his partner approached victim Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed all three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman’s partner pistol-whipped Gartiez in the face with the gun and then shot him in the knee. Both Coleman and his partner fled the scene. Police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later and transported him to the UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg.
Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor prosecuted the case, added the D.A.’s office. She praised the dedicated efforts of the West Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney’s Investigative Unit, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division, Yolo County and Sacramento County Probation Departments, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. “This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved in the case,” said Zambor in a press release. “The countless hours of investigation and research, as well as the Victim Services Division working with the victims through numerous continuances, paid off in the end with a just result for all three victims.”
Coleman will be sentenced on May 15 by Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial. He faces up to 25 years and 8 months in state prison.
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