Two Paso Robles men were sentenced Monday to state prison terms for their roles in a confrontation outside a party in 2010.
Ricky James Sanchez was sentenced to 13 years in prison and Salvador Solorio to 8 years in prison for convictions relating to an assault with a semiautomatic firearm on July 10, 2010.
While driving by a small party on Weeping Willow Way near Jardine Road, the two men and a group from the gathering got into a verbal confrontation. Sanchez fired a shot that didn’t hit anyone but kicked up debris that caused minor cuts to a bystander. Sanchez told San Luis Obispo County Probation Department officials that he fired the shot to get the people approaching his car to “back up,” saying he pointed the gun at the ground as he was taught by a former law enforcement official to fire a warning shot.
Solorio, a passenger in the car, told probation officers he was innocent, also saying he’d urged Sanchez to turn themselves in to police.
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Sanchez and Solorio said they had been consulting attorneys when they were found and arrested in Bakersfield 10 days after the incident, the probation report states. Both men had prior criminal records.