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*Bus Stop Shooting Defendant Jose Hugo Galicia, 22 Pleads No Contest Attempted Murder

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One of two men charged with shooting into a crowded bus stop injuring two teens three years ago pleaded no contest today in Sonoma County Superior Court to attempted murder and being a member of a street gang. Jose Hugo Galicia, 22, agreed to plead no contest in return for a total prison term of 17 years and eight months to life. He will be sentenced May 20. His co-defendant, Luis Ramon Guerrero Lopez, 21, is scheduled to be tried July 17.  Both men were charged with 11 attempted murder charges, 12 assault with a firearm charges with gang and weapons enhancements and a separate charge of being a street gang member in connection with the March 17,2006 incident. Santa Rosa police said at the time that Galicia and Lopez pulled up in a Cadillac Escalade to a bus stop on Hopper Avenue and Airway Drive around 1:45 p.m. One of the two got out of the car and fired several shots, striking a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, police said. Both victims survived. The prosecution alleges Galicia fired the weapon. The students who were at the bus stop attended the Airway Community School for middle and high school students who have been expelled or suspended from other high schools. The shooting was believed to be in retaliation to a shooting of a 15-year-old girl, who also survived, by two alleged rival gang members on Stony Point Road on March 12 of that same year.

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