SANTA ROSA (BCN)—Two Santa Rosa teens were sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court this afternoon in connection with the gang-related murder of a Windsor boy outside at a birthday party in Windsor two years ago.
Flavio Ramos Caballero, 19, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter of Nathaniel Torres, 15, on June 22, 2014.
His co-defendant Oscar Gustavo Aguilar, 19, was sentenced to eight years in prison for assault causing great bodily injury to Torres and a gang enhancement.
Both teens were prosecuted as adults and pleaded no contest to the charges in April as part of a plea agreement. Charges against a third defendant were dismissed after a preliminary hearing.
The teens were asked to leave the party, which was attended by gang members, and the shooting happened outside as they were getting into a vehicle, according to preliminary hearing testimony.
The teens fled to Mexico after the murder but were captured in October, 2014 and returned to Sonoma County.
Torres’ mother Jenifer Medeiros told the court she is dissatisfied with the plea agreement. She said the District Attorney’s Office didn’t “fight for justice” for her family, and the two defendants “literally got away with murder.”
“The justice system failed me,” Medeiros said.
Medeiros told Caballero he was a “coward who hid behind a gun.”
Deputy District Attorney Robert Waner said the case was extremely complicated and would have presented evidentiary challenges and significant issues of proof had it gone to trial.
Waner said the case was an enormous tragedy and the prosecution responded “in the best interest of public safety.”
“We can’t be blinded by vengeance,” Waner said.
Judge Dana Simonds said the transcript of the preliminary hearing “contained different statements from the same people at different times,” and the outcome before a jury would be uncertain. Simonds said the trial outcome likely could have been the same as the plea agreement because of those conflicts.
Neither defense attorney made a statement on their client’s behalf at the sentencing.