Crime, Fire + Courts

Gang member faces 30-year prison term

By From page A2 | May 02, 2014

A Woodland man faces a prison sentence of 30 years to life for his role in an Aug. 8, 2012, gang-related drive-by shooting that gravely injured another man, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office reported Thursday.

Francisco Andres Aldana Nava, 25, pleaded no contest Wednesday to attempted murder with an enhancement for personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury in connection with the shooting, which occurred near Don’s Diner in the 600 block of Cottonwood Street. Police arrived to find the 18-year-old victim, a reputed Norteño gang member, lying injured in the street. He later recovered from his injuries.

Woodland police and Yolo County gang task force officers identified the suspected shooter as Nava, a validated Sureño gang member who was arrested several weeks later at a Woodland park with a loaded shotgun and a cell phone, prosecutors said. The cell phone reportedly contained messages in which Nava bragged about the shooting.

Nava’s attorney, Rodney Beede, declined to comment on the plea agreement.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 9 in Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed’s courtroom.

Lauren Keene

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