Woodland Man Sentenced to 4 Years and 8 Months in State Prison for Fatal Hit and Run

Press Release

(Woodland, CA) - September 21, 2016 - District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on September 20, 2016, the Honorable Paul K. Richardson sentenced 35-year-old Woodland man Raymond Contreras, to 4 years in state prison for the fatal hit and run of 65 year old Woodland resident Richard Tafoya. Contreras was sentenced to an additional 8 months for his role in a conspiracy to conceal evidence of the hit and run with his girlfriend, Norma Gentry and her father, Roberto Sanchez Sr.

On July 18, 2016, Contreras entered a no contest plea to all of the charges against him, consisting of Hit and Run causing Death, Conspiracy, and Concealing Evidence. The charges stem from a night in which Raymond Contreras had been drinking at a bar in Sacramento with Gentry and while returning through Woodland, he struck and killed Richard Tafoya, who had been out walking his dog. Contreras, Gentry and Sanchez attempted to get the vehicle fixed before it could be found.

Raymond Contreras' prison sentence was the maximum provided for by law.