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Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Off-Duty Murder


November 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
(213) 974-3525


LOS ANGELES – A 41-year-old Sheriff’s deputy was charged by the District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division (JSID) today with murdering a neighbor who fought with the defendant’s 20-year-old son outside the family home in Sylmar last summer.

Francisco Gamez II (dob 4-23-1971) was arrested by Los Angeles police yesterday. He was charged today in case No. BA404719. Bail was recommended at $4 million. The defendant is expected to appear for arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court Department 30 after 8:30 a.m. today.

Gamez was charged with the murder of Armando Casillas, the attempted murder of a second victim and discharging a weapon from an occupied vehicle. Each count carries an allegation that the defendant personally used a firearm to commit the crimes.

The case will be prosecuted by JSID Deputy District Attorneys Paul Nunez and Natalie Adomian.

The June 17 altercation that allegedly led to the shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in Sylmar. Defendant Gamez was contacted after the fight by his eldest son. The defendant allegedly drove to the area, confronted the 38-year-old Casillas and another man, and fired two shots. Casillas was killed; the other man was not hit.

If convicted as charged, Gamez faces a maximum state prison term of 75 years to life.

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