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Three men sentenced to life for deadly home invasion shootout in the Central Valley

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A Tulare County judge on Wednesday sentenced three men to 25-years-to life in prison for a violent home invasion that left one person dead in 2014.

In August 2018, gang members Edgar Picazo, 22, Rolando Magana, 23, and Francisco Padilla, 26, each pleaded to one count of premeditated first-degree murder and four counts of willful and deliberate premeditated attempted murder.

Each count held the special allegation of use of a firearm for the benefit of a street gang, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said.

Court documents say the three men, plus another gang member whose name was not revealed, went to a house in Orosi at 5 a.m. on May 27, 2014, to commit an armed home invasion.

A shootout ensued as a resident of the home tried to protect his younger siblings against the armed home invasion.

Though the lone person who died in the gunfire exchange was the fourth gang member whose name was not revealed, “others” were injured, too, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The gang members after the shootout drove to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where Magana, who was wounded, was dropped off.

The drop off was captured on surveillance cameras, which the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office used to track down the other two men.

Picazo fled to Mexico, the District Attorney’s Office said, but surrendered to police in April 2016.

In separate cases, Magana pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility in 2017. Picazo pleaded to an additional count of attempted murder for an incident that happened in custody the same year.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo


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