SACRAMENTO, CA - A teen who urged his friend to run down a Sacramento policeman at a busy Natomas shopping center three and a half years ago has been sentenced to 17 years in state prison, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said.
Jose Angel Gallardo pleaded no contest to the attempted murder of Officer Kevin Howland on May 22, 2006, and to an enhancement of gang membership. He was convicted of robbery in an earlier trial in the same case.
According to Deputy District Attorney Curtis Fiorini, Gallardo, who was 16 at the time, was a passenger in a car with three others that May day when they stopped at a bus stop near Truxel and San Juan roads and robbed a 16-year-old teen, using a fake gun.
The driver, Eugene Gallegos, 19, then drove to the Natomas Marketplace where Howland approached their maroon Chrysler which matched the description of the car in the robbery. Gallardo told Gallegos to hit Howland, who was on foot, Fiorini said. The officer ended up on the hood of Gallegos' car and fired at least eight shots though the windshield, according to testimony. Gallegos was killed and the car stopped.
Howland sustained a leg injury.
One of the other passengers in the car, Saul Rabago, then 18, previously received a sentence of 12 years and 8 months behind bars for robbery and his role in the attempted murder.
The third passenger, an 18-year-old woman, was questioned and released.
Gallardo, Gallegos and Rabago were all in the Varrio Gardenland gan, said Fiorini.