Marijuana worker convicted of killing California deputy

Apr 15, 2022, 4:59 PM | Updated: 5:06 pm

SOMERSET, Calif. (AP) — A marijuana field worker who shot and killed a Northern California sheriff’s deputy was convicted Friday of second-degree murder.

Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco, 22, also was found guilty of assault with a gun on three other deputies. He could face life in prison when he is sentenced in May.

Prosecutors say Vasquez-Orozco killed El Dorado County sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael in October 2019. Ishmael, 37, had answered a 911 call from the owner of land in rural Somerset about people possibly stealing plants at a marijuana garden, prosecutors said.

Ross didn’t tell authorities that Vasquez-Orozco and another man, both Mexican citizens, were tending the garden on his land and he worried that they would take the plants without the men who hired them paying Christopher Ross $3,000 he was owed, prosecutors said.

Ross also didn’t tell authorities that Vasquez-Orozco and Ramiro Bravo Morales had a gun, the El Dorado County district attorney’s office said.

When three deputies from El Dorado County and one from neighboring San Joaquin County arrived at the growing site, Vasquez-Orozco opened fire and ran from the grow, then returned and ambushed the deputies, prosecutors said.

Ishmael, a four-year veteran and father of three, was hit four times and died at the scene. San Joaquin County sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Tasabia was wounded.

Ross has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will face 11 years and eight months in prison, District Attorney Vern Pierson said.

Ramiro Bravo Morales was convicted of being an accessory after the fact.

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Marijuana worker convicted of killing California deputy