Gang Member’s Conviction Upheld for Shooting Rival in Leg at Pasadena Popeyes

Published : Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 8:34 PM

Pasadena police officers at the scene of the shooting in December 2015. Image On Scene TV

California’s Second District Court of Appeal has upheld a local gang member’s conviction for shooting a gang rival in the leg outside a Pasadena fast-food restaurant almost three years ago.

At the same time the state appeals court ruled Tuesday to vacate the 60-years-to-life sentence for Robert Julio Arnaud, who was convicted in May last year for the December 29, 2015 10 p.m. attack in the 800 block of North Lake Avenue in Pasadena, a City News Service report said.

The three-justice panel rejected the defense’s contention that a judge in Pasadena had failed to adequately address Robert Julio Arnaud’s request to have his court-appointed attorney replaced, the report said.

But the justices also ordered the case to be sent back to the trial court so the judge can determine whether to strike a firearm enhancement, as the result of a new state law that now gives judges discretion on whether to strike certain gun enhancements.

Records of the case showed Arnaud confronted two men in the restaurant’s parking lot and soon after fired at them, wounding one of the victims in the leg.

The other victim escaped unharmed.

Arnaud claimed in his defense he wasn’t in Pasadena at the time of the incident, although cell phone tower records showed he was within two miles of the scene that night, prosecutors said.

Deputy District Attorney Stefan Mrakich was prosecuting the case.






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