A Rohnert Park man with a history of domestic violence was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison for the attempted shooting murder of his estranged wife. Cipriano Perez Velasquez, 45, pleaded no contest in Sonoma County Superior Court on Oct. 26 to attempted first-degree murder, personal use of a firearm, making criminal threats and causing great bodily harm.
The shooting occurred Nov. 20, 2015, when Velasquez went to the victim’s house and confronted her about her intention to divorce him, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office. The victim had just returned home from work and drove away from her house, but Velasquez follower her on foot, according to the prosecution.
Velasquez shot the victim through the driver’s widow of her car when she stopped driving. She was struck in the left side of her chest but was able to drive home where her daughter called 911, the District Attorney’s Office said. “The defendant has a history of violence, and on this occasion almost ended the victim’s life.
He has forfeited his freedom by his actions and deserves the sentence he received,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said. Deputy District Attorney Barbara Nanney prosecuted the case. Velasquez was sentenced to 13 years plus seven years to life in state prison, the district attorney’s Office said.
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