West Sacramento man Michael Reyes faces life in prison
(Woodland, CA) – September 2, 2015 - District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on September 2, 2015, the Honorable Judge Paul K. Richardson sentenced 25-year-old West Sacramento man Michael Reyes, Jr. to 40 years to life plus an additional 28 years in state prison for charges of Attempted Murder, Assault with a Semi-Automatic Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, and multiple Gang and Gun Enhancements. On August 31, Judge Richardson also sentenced Co-Defendants 22-year-old Lisa Humble to three years and four months in state prison and 21-year-old Liberty Landowski to probation with a five year suspended state prison. Both Humble and Landowski live in West Sacrament and were “accessories” to the gang crime.
On November 18, 2014 at around 8:00 a.m. the two victims were riding their bikes in a residential neighborhood in West Sacramento. Defendant Reyes confronted one of the victims, a drop out gang member who had previously been selling drugs within the Broderick area and had also previously been in a physical altercation with Reyes’ step-father. After the confrontation, Reyes waited until the victims had their backs turned and were riding away before he began shooting directly at one of the victims. Reyes shot a total of six times and hit one of the victims with three bullets. That victim was rushed to UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento where he suffered from three gun shot wounds, one of which went directly though the middle of his back, cut his aorta and lodged in his lung. He nearly died.
Landowski had been driving Reye’s in her white convertible Mustang at the time of the shooting and fled the scene after the shooting. The jury heard evidence that Landowski switched cars and hid the Mustang, which has still never been located. Jail calls intercepted after Humble and Landowski were apprehended showed that they were still actively concealing the Mustang after their arrest while in custody. Witnesses testified at trial that Humble and Landowski sent Reyes audio recordings of police scanner information via e-mail after the shooting in addition to renting a motel room in Sacramento to conceal Reyes’ location after the shooting. When contacted by police at the motel room, Humble had the gun that Reyes used to shoot the victim.
Deputy District Attorney, Amanda Zambor, prosecuted the case. Zambor indicated “these sentences were just results based on the magnitude and seriousness of the case as well as the involvement of each of the defendants. These sentences were supported by the jury’s verdicts and the hard work of each and every officer involved in the investigation and the apprehension of the defendants in this case.”