6 years for gas station assailant
Alfredo Alonzo-Hernandez, the man accused of assaulting an employee at Flyers gas station in Grass Valley in April 2009, was sentenced Monday in Nevada County Superior Court to six years and eight months in prison. He also must register as a sex offender.
Alonzo-Hernandez, 25, pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit rape and making criminal threats, with the enhancement of using a BB gun during the crime.
Additional counts of second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary were dismissed.
The charges began with a pre-dawn break-in at a McDonald’s on Nevada City Highway on April 10, 2009, where someone tampered with the safe and broke out a glass door.
Later, Alonzo-Hernandez walked into the Flyers convenience store at Brunswick Road and Sutton Way and asked to use the restroom. The victim said she went to a back room, and Alonzo-Hernandez came up from behind and stuck the BB gun into her body.
She testified during the preliminary hearing that he assaulted her before she tried to wrestle the gun away from him. The struggle moved back into the store, where she lost control of the gun, she said.
At Alonzo-Hernandez’s orders, she took all the cash out of the register and put it into a paper bag, she said, adding that before he left, Alonzo-Hernandez warned her not to call for help or he’d come back, she said.
The victim did not appear at the sentencing.
“I had to quit (my job) because I was afraid someone was going to sneak up on me,” the victim wrote the probation department regarding how the assault has affected her life. “I had a lot of anxiety.”
Alonzo-Hernandez, who appeared in court with an interpreter, did not speak at the sentencing. According to the probation report, he expressed remorse and blamed his actions on his intoxication.
“I didn’t know that if I drank that much, I would lose control,” he said. “I am really sorry for that … I wasn’t in my right mind.”
“With this plea agreement, I wanted to make sure he got a good prison term,” said Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson. “Second, I wanted to make sure he had to register as a sex offender. And third, the next time he commits a felony, it will be a third strike and he will get a 25 years-to-life mandated sentence.”
She noted that Alonzo-Hernandez is an illegal immigrant and probably will be deported after he serves his prison term.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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