Conviction in 2006 murder/robbery at West Sacramento nightclub


The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that earlier today, a local jury convicted a man after a “cold case” investigation for a 2006 murder and robbery.

Juan Antonio Gonzales, a 29-year old from Sacramento, was found guilty of first degree murder, with the “special circumstance” of killing during a robbery. He robbed and shot Alfonso Prado, a janitor at Ortega’s West bar, on June 18, 2006.

According to the D.A.’s office, Prado was cleaning the bar at 4205 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento when “unknown intruders” robbed him and shot him in the chest, killing him.

“Three days later, the Sacramento Police Department recovered a handgun and entered identifying information into the National Ballistics Network,” said the D.A.’s office. “Two years later, a ‘cold hit’ established that the gun, which was last in the possession of an associate of defendant Gonzalez, was the weapon used to kill Mr. Prado. A year later, the Department of Justice Criminalistics Laboratory received a ‘cold hit’ identification establishing that a small amount of blood found at the scene matched DNA from defendant Gonzales.”

Eight years after the murder, a trial concluded with the “guilty” verdict. Gonzales faces life in state prison without the possibility of parole, and will be sentenced March 3 by Judge Stephen L. Mock.

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