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2 men found guilty in Woodland parking lot attack

4:44 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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WOODLAND, CA - A vicious attack on a man as he sat in his car at a Woodland convenience store has resulted in the convictions of two Woodland men on aggravated mayhem, robbery and gang enhancement charges.

According to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, it was just after midnight, Sept. 20, 2009, when the victim and an acquaintance drove to the AM/Pm mini mart near County Road 102 and Interstate 5. When the acquaintance went into the store, Jose Rodolfo Rivas, 24, and Aaron Anthony Valadez, 22, and at least three other individuals surrounded the victims and began beating on him, according to witnesses.

Store security camera video presented at trial caught the attack on tape. The video showed the victim being punched and kicked repeatedly. Valadez was seen holding the driver's side door closed so the victim could not escape.

Rivas was captured on tape getting into the passenger side of the car and slashing the victim's face from ear to chin, leaving a permanent scar.

The defense attorneys for Valadez and Rivas claimed the victim had been disrespectful to young women with the defendants.

Witnesses from Washington state who had stopped at the store and were in the parking lot testified at trial.

One of the other individuals charged in the attack, Matthew Martin, was convicted for his role in July, 2011.

Rivas and Valadez will be sentenced Oct. 17 in Yolo County Superior Court. The D.A.'s Office says they face the possibility of being sentenced to life in prison.


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