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Butte County DA: Gang member sentenced for Chico shooting

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The Butte County District Attorney's Office announced that a Stockton gang member was sentenced on Wednesday for a June shooting at a busy north Chico intersection.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey recounted that Tyrone Sotolongo, 24, was convicted in November by a jury of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, personal use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Butte County Superior Court Judge James Reilley sentenced Sotolongo to 34 years and four months in state prison.

Ramsey said the shooting occurred on June 7, 2017, shortly after 1:00 P.M. near the intersection of the Esplanade and Cohasset Road in Chico and numerous 911 calls poured into the Chico Police dispatch center from frightened citizens. In what Chico Police investigators later theorized was a possible drug deal gone awry, Sotolongo chased and fired at least nine shots from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a 23-year-old victim, also of Stockton. Witnesses said Sotolongo was shooting at the victim, who was running in the area.

When sentencing Sotolongo to the upper term, Judge Reilley noted Sotolongo’s prior criminal history and that Sotolongo’s conduct presented a significant risk to public safety.

Ramsey said, “This shooting took place on a weekday afternoon in an area with heavy traffic and multiple open businesses. Sotolongo’s conduct was very dangerous and it was fortunate no one was struck by any of the multiple rounds fired. The lengthy sentence is clearly warranted given the exceptionally risky and violent conduct displayed by this gang member.”

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