The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a woman convicted of being involved in a one-day, self-described “Bonnie and Clyde” crime spree in La Mirada, Pico Rivera and Whittier that included the fatal shooting of a motorist who was waiting with his family at a traffic light.
Jurors found Reyna Gomez guilty in September 2018 of first-degree murder for the April 29, 2017, slaying of Jose Sahagun, 44, of Norwalk, a married father of two who was shot multiple times at Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Alicante Road in La Mirada.
Gomez — who was sentenced to more than 350 years to life in state prison — was also convicted of one count of carjacking and 14 counts of attempted murder.
A three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld Gomez’s conviction on the bulk of the counts, but cited a jury instruction error in ordered her conviction on four of the attempted murder charges to be reversed in a ruling released in March.
The appellate court panel noted in its ruling that Gomez and fellow gang member Alejandro Lazo drove around in a green Nissan Pathfinder SUV that was taken at gunpoint and took “turns shooting at people on the street and in other vehicles.”
The justices added that Gomez’s reference to herself and Lazo as “Bonnie and Clyde” “further supported a finding that she and Lazo committed the various crimes together as a team, i.e. she aided and abetted Lazo’s crimes and vice versa.”
Lazo was tried separately and convicted last December of one count each of first-degree murder and carjacking and a dozen counts of attempted murder. The panel, which also found gang and gun allegations to be true, acquitted Lazo of two other counts of attempted murder.
Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Chung told jurors in Lazo’s trial that he was “not the one who pulls the trigger” in Sahagun’s shooting, but urged jurors to “look at the totality of what happened” that day in asking the panel to convict Lazo of first-degree murder.
Authorities said the one-day crime spree included a carjacking in Pico Rivera, the shooting and wounding of a man in an alley in Whittier and shots being fired at two vehicles, leaving one person injured.
Gomez and Lazo were arrested that night by Whittier police after being found wounded near a Santa Fe Springs motel. It was unclear who shot Lazo and Gomez, who had both been released from prison less than six months earlier.
Lazo — who was on parole — had been convicted of extortion and assault, and Gomez was convicted of auto theft and receiving stolen property.
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