A 21-year-old man has been convicted of attempted murder for his role in a 2009 gang-related shooting, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office.
Juan Carlos Bautista, of Lodi, was arrested May 26, 2009, by the Lodi Police Department and has been incarcerated in San Joaquin County Jail since then. He was convicted of multiple felonies, including attempted murder, intentional discharge of a firearm and assault with a firearm on Thursday in Stockton Superior Court, said Donald Vaughn, deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County. Bautista's conviction also features several gang enhancements, including committing a crime to benefit a street gang, that will increase the length of his sentence, he said.
Bautista's next court date will be his sentencing, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.
"He will likely spend the rest of his life in prison," Vaughn said.
Bautista shot a 17-year-old male in the leg with a 9mm handgun on the 700 block of McCoy Court on May 9, said Vaughn. The shooting took place after Bautista and a rival gang member got into an altercation at a house party, police said. The rivals had been invited to the party by separate people and got into an fight when one gang member asked the other about a previous shooting, police said.
The victim diffused the situation and was able to get Bautista to leave the area, police said. He was talking with one of the participants roughly 30 minutes later when they were approached by Bautista, Vaughn said. The male tried to run into a nearby garage but was shot by Bautista, he said.
"The bullet basically shattered his femur," Vaughn said. "He spent months in a wheelchair."
The victim has recovered from his injuries and aside from occasional pain, feels no long-term effects, Vaughn said. Bautista is affiliated with the Sureno street gang, he said.
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