A Fresno woman who police said was the getaway driver in the Super Bowl Sunday killing of a father of three pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Rayann Rodriguez, 22, also admitted in Fresno County Superior Court to a gang enhancement in the killing of Omar Silva, who was shot in front of his 13-year-old daughter outside the family's central Fresno home on Feb. 3.
In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed two felony charges of allowing someone to shoot from her vehicle. If convicted of those charges, Rodriguez would have faced at least 20 years in prison, said her attorney, David Mugridge.
She now faces seven years in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 13.
Mugridge said the police report has conflicting accounts about Rodriguez's role in the killing. She also doesn't have to testify against David Quevedo, 24, who is awaiting trial in the killing of Silva, Mugridge said.
In a preliminary hearing last month, a police detective testified that Quevedo fatally shot Silva, 36, at the front door of Silva's East Hedges Avenue home, south of Fresno City College.
Silva's daughter witnessed the shooting and later picked Quevedo out of a police photo lineup, detective Ray Villalvazo testified.
At the hearing, prosecutor Gabriel Brickey contended Silva was an innocent victim of gang violence. Quevedo claims allegiance to the Bond Street Bulldogs and has the letter B tattooed on his right cheek.
In addition to murder, Quevedo also is charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and is accused of killing Silva to promote a street gang. If convicted, he faces at least 50 years to life in prison.
Police said Quevedo became upset when the San Francisco 49ers began losing the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. He caused trouble at a Super Bowl party near Silva's home and was asked to leave.
He later confronted the victim's brother, Arnold Silva, and asked him what gang he claimed. When Arnold Silva replied that he was not a gang member, a fight broke out. The two men fought until Omar Silva broke up the altercation.
Before leaving, Quevedo, who was wearing a red 49ers jersey, shouted "Bond Street" and "I'll be back," Villalvazo testified.
About 9:30 p.m., Omar Silva was home with his wife, son and two daughters when Quevedo knocked on the front door, then shot him, Villalvazo testified. Before he died, Silva told police he was shot by a man with a big B tattooed on his cheek -- the same man who had fought with his brother earlier that night.
Quevedo and Rodriguez were arrested later that week by officers from the police department's Street Violence Bureau. Both are being held in the Fresno County Jail without bail.
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