Thursday, March 30 , 2017, 6:57 am | Fog/Mist 52º


Local News

Jury Finds Guadalupe Man Guilty in Murder Case

Body was found in broccoli field near Santa Maria in 2010

Alejandro Carrillo
Alejandro Carrillo

A 29-year-old man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a fellow Guadalupe resident in 2010, and then dumping the body in a farm field near Nipomo, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.

Alejandro Carrillo, a known member of a Guadalupe gang, was convicted in Superior Court in Santa Maria for the murder of Pedro Gonzalez, 32, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Ann Bramsen.

Gonzalez’s body was found Feb. 14, 2010, in a broccoli field just outside Santa Barbara County lines along Bonita School Road.

According to prosecutors, Carrillo shot and killed Gonzalez with direction from his gang, although Gonzalez was not involved in the gang.

In addition to the murder conviction with a special gang allegation, the jury found Carrillo guilty of having drugs in jail, having a loaded firearm and having a shank in jail – all with gang allegations, Bramsen said.

Carrillo was also found not guilty of an attempted stabbing murder on a different victim, she said.

Carrillo will be sentenced in Santa Maria court Oct. 30.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >