A Superior Court judge in Salinas today sentenced a 53-year-old man to 25 years to life in prison in the 1982 shotgun slaying of a man at a horse ranch in southern Monterey County, prosecutors said. Judge Mark Hood imposed the sentence on Ubaldo Sanchez who was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder with premeditation while using a firearm on Sept. 10, according to the district attorney’s office.
On May 17, 1982, the county sheriff’s office was dispatched to what was then the Rancho Lejos horse ranch and located the body of Manuel Pasqueira Sandoval, 32, prosecutors said. Sandoval had died the night before from a shotgun blast to his chest, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, Sanchez had threatened Sandoval on the night prior to the shooting after they engaged in a fistfight over a girl.
Sanchez shot Sandoval as the victim was leaving his home on the horse ranch where the two of them worked, according to prosecutors. He had been identified as a suspect in the shooting by the sheriff’s office in 1982 but the case remained unsolved for many years until sheriff’s Detective Shaheen Jorgensen reopened it, prosecutors said. District attorney’s office investigator George Ramirez aided Jorgensen in the probe and Ana Galvez, a victim assistance advocate, provided witness support for Sandoval’s family members, prosecutors said.
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