New arrest in shooting death of Grass Valley man
A third man has been arrested in the shooting death of Grass Valley resident Shawn West, who was slain Jan. 26 outside a fast-food restaurant in south Sacramento.
Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested Andre Powe, 21, of Sacramento, on Friday. Earlier, deputies had arrested Cort Parnell Milgrim, 21, and Joel Satchell, 19, both of Elk Grove, for their alleged involvement in West’s death.
West was with his brother and a male friend in the restaurant’s parking lot to buy drugs, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. West was shot and killed during the alleged drug transaction by the suspects who then fled the scene in a dark, four-door sedan.
One suspect had his girlfriend’s 14-month-old child with him at the time of the crime.
The suspects have been booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges including murder, robbery, and child endangerment.
In other court news, a new trial date of May 4 has been set for Alfredo Rafael Torres, the man suspected of setting the fire that burned down the Cedar Ridge Country Store.
Torres, 21, has pleaded not guilty to arson of an inhabited structure, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted vehicle theft, vandalism and being under the influence of methamphetamine.
Torres allegedly was in the garage behind the building, attempting to break into several vehicles, when the fire was discovered at about 4 a.m. July 12, 2009.
He allegedly became combative when confronted, throwing items at firefighters and kicking out the back window of a Nevada County Sheriff’s vehicle.
He is being held in county jail in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Alfredo Alonzo-Hernandez, the man accused of assaulting an employee at Flyers gas station in Grass Valley in April 2009, has pleaded no contest to reduced charges and will be sentenced March 1.
Alonzo-Hernandez, 25, pleaded no contest to assault and making criminal threats on Jan. 29, with the enhancement of using a BB gun during the crime.
He had been charged with one count of second-degree robbery, one count of assault with intent to commit rape, two counts of second-degree burglary and a single charge of issuing criminal threats.
He faces a maximum of six years and eight months in state prison. His sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. March 1.
The alleged crimes began early in the morning of April 10, 2009, with a break-in at McDonald’s on Nevada City Highway, where the safe was tampered with and a door window was broken out.
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.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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