Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Off-Duty Murder
November 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
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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