SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Two men convicted of shooting a corrections officer were sentenced to life in state prison today.
In June 2017, a jury found 36-year-old Anthony Gomez of Riverside, and 29-year-old Christopher Marquez of Riverside, guilty of the 2013 attempted murder, and found true gun and great bodily injury causing paralysis allegations. Marquez was sentenced to 34 years to life and Gomez was sentenced to 38 years to life in prison.
According to Supervising Deputy District Attorney Cecilia Joo, who prosecuted the case, the victim was on his way to work at Chino Prison when he stopped to get gas in the city of Colton.
“The two defendants, who had been drinking at a nearby club, decided to stop at the same gas station,” said SDDA Joo.
They parked their vehicle in front of the victim’s vehicle, which was in the middle of the island. The victim was pumping fuel into his truck, when the defendants started asking him for directions.
“For some unknown reason, defendant Marquez, who was in the front passenger seat, got out and unloaded his six-shot revolver at the victim,” said SDDA Joo. “Marquez then immediately jumped back into the car driven by defendant Gomez and fled the scene.”
Both defendants were later arrested in the city of Riverside by Riverside Police officers.
Immediately following the shooting, Colton police officers were dispatched to the scene and observed the victim motionless on the ground. Despite being shot in the head, the victim managed to show the officers his Correction patches. The officers immediately transported the victim to ARMC where medical staff were standing at the ready for life saving treatment.
The victim underwent a number of surgeries and rehabilitation. He was ultimately paralyzed on his left side and had a metal plate placed in his head. He was unable to walk and speak for months. However, the victim and his wife were present during the entire trial.
The victim has since regained limited ability to walk and speak again.