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On the morning of April 16, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding shots fired in a vineyard. Deputies responded to the field located near S. Butte and W. Chandler avenues, northwest of Huron. There, they found the body of a man who had been shot to death.
A transient woman suspected of starting a fire that nearly destroyed one of the oldest historical sites in Hanford has been arraigned, and her arson charges will be included in upcoming court appearances.
Pate was convicted in July for the murder of Melanie Pate as the two were going through a divorce. At the Kings County Superior Court on Wednesday, visiting Judge Edward Lacey rejected a motion for a new trial by Eric Hamilton, Pate’s attorney. He then gave Pate the mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison, plus an extra year added on by a weapons enhancement.
A winding legal ordeal that has stretched out over eight years and two trials is coming to a close next week, with the family able to air their grievances against the now-convicted offender.
Paez has been charged in the first-degree murder of 34-year-old Terry Michael Ryan in Lemoore. On July 10, Lemoore Police officers received a call regarding a man in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds in the 700 block of South Lemoore Avenue. Officers and EMS arrived and found Ryan, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
A convicted murderer has been handed his sentence, with the judge commenting on the cruel nature of the crime.
At the Kings County Superior Court, prosecutor Jason Lianides – standing in for Deputy District Attorney William Wolfe – informed visiting Judge James Hollman that at this time, their office hasn’t ruled out the possible pursuit of the death sentence.