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* Raul Lopez-Granados pleaded no contest to being an accessory to a fatal shooting in a Santa Rosa of Matthew Allen Toste

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A 22-year-old man who pleaded no contest to being an accessory to a fatal shooting in a Santa Rosa parking garage was sentenced to five years and four months in prison this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court. Raul Lopez-Granados, of Santa Rosa, was among three men who pleaded no contest to participating in a street gang and being an accessory to the shooting murder of Matthew Allen Toste in a Seventh Street parking garage in 2006. Lopez-Granados was sentenced today to 16 months in prison in connection with that incident and to four years for an assault at the Fountain grove Inn in Santa Rosa on Nov. 16, 2006.Five men were indicted for Toste’s murder. Defendants Nicholas Mejia, 31, and Joseph Lopez Sr., 41, also pleaded no contest to being street gang members and an accessory to the murder. They have yet to be sentenced.Paul Whiterock, 30, of Santa Rosa, was acquitted of charges and Joseph Lopez Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder. He will be sentenced next month.Toste, 32, was shot twice in the chest in the parking garage around 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2006. He was with his date, his female cousin and her husband.Joseph Lopez Sr. made a derogatory comment to Toste’s cousin and when Toste struck him he was shot during the ensuing confrontation with the five defendants,authorities said. Toste died at the scene.

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