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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  May 13, 2014

 

San Bernardino Man Guilty in Fatal Redlands Shooting


UPDATED: August 1, 2014
Randy Ortis was sentenced today to 99 years to life in state prison by Superior Court Judge Victor Stull.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – A San Bernardino man was found guilty today of murder for a November 2011 fatal shooting that took place in front of a bar in downtown Redlands.


Randy Ortis, 25, was found guilty of first degree murder, willful deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, and assault with a firearm. Additionally, several firearm allegations and great bodily injury allegations were found to be true. He faces 88 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced June 17, 2014, by Superior Court Judge Victor Stull.

According to Deputy District Attorney Christine Masonek, who prosecuted the case, Ortis opened fire on a group of men outside the bar, killing 22-year-old Kruze Kuaea of Calimesa, and injuring two others: 24-year-old Jeremey Lavanway of Yucaipa, who was shot three times, and 26-year-old Jared Miller of Yucaipa, who was shot once in the leg.

Footage from city cameras and follow-up investigation conducted by the Redlands Police Department led to the arrest of Ortis on Nov. 26, 2011.


Statement of Facts

On November 19, 2011, just before closing time, Randy Ortis shot multiple victims outside of a bar located in the city of Redlands, killing Kruze Kuaea, and severely injuring Jeremy Lavanway, while striking Jared Miller in the leg. 

Ortis went to the bar earlier in the evening carrying a fully loaded .38 caliber double action revolver in his pants pocket with friends. The shooting, which occurred following an altercation between the victims and the defendant and his friends, was captured on Redlands Police Department’s street surveillance video system.

At one point, Ortis stepped out from behind a walk signal post, arm fully extended with the .38 caliber revolver in his hand, and opened fire at Kuaea and Lavanway.  Ortis continued to fire as Kuaea ran away from Ortis, and Lavanway fell back and to the ground as a result of his injuries. Ortis jumped up and down as he fired his revolver until it was empty.

Kuaea died of a gunshot wound to his heart, and suffering a gunshot wound to his thigh. Lavanway almost died, suffering three gunshot wounds.  Miller was struck by a bullet in his leg.

Contacts

Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665

 

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