Two Novato teens were sentenced today in Marin County Superior Court to state prison for shooting into a vehicle during a chase along Novato streets in May. Kendra Bertucci, the 18-year-old driver of the suspects’ car, was sentenced to 11 years and 8 months in prison. She pleaded guilty last month to two counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon and one count of making criminal threats. Joseph Misael Gonzalez-Barbosa, 17, who was prosecuted as an adult, pleaded guilty to four counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He received a 10-year prison term today as part of an agreement with Marin County Superior Court Judge Kelly Simmons. Deputy District Attorney Yvette Martinez said she argued for more than 10 years for Gonzalez-Barbosa because of the violent nature of the incident. Authorities said Gonzalez-Barbosa fired a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle from the sunroof of a Honda driven by Bertucci at a Toyota Sienna minivan occupied by Bertucci’s ex-boyfriend, Jay Vecina. Gonzalez-Barbosa’s attorney, Stephen Shaiken, said Bertucci was angry because Vecina had broken up with her. He said his client got caught up in the moment and could not explain his actions. One of the teens inside the Toyota suffered a minor hand injury, Shaiken said. The defendants were initially charged with attempted murder and causing great bodily injury, Shaiken said. Police reports said Bertucci got the gun and purchased the ammunition, Shaiken said.
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