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For Immediate Release

Santa Rosa Man Convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder Sentenced to Serve Nine Years in State Prison

SANTA ROSA, CA | August 16, 2023

Defendant Vincent Cervantes, 29-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Troye Shaffer to serve nine years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in July of this year to charges of attempted second degree murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm.

District Attorney Rodriguez stated, “This was a reckless and incredibly dangerous action on the part of this defendant. Although nobody was injured as a result of this criminal offense, the discharge of a firearm has obvious potential to cause death or serious injury to not only the intended target, but anyone in the vicinity.”

The charges stemmed from a November 11, 2022 shooting in Santa Rosa that occurred on the Santa Rosa Creek south of the Bay Village Apartments when Cervantes approached and confronted a male and a female on the creek path and fired three rounds from a semi-automatic firearm at the male. All three shots missed both victims. Cervantes later fled from the scene and was later removed by a Santa Rosa Police SWAT team from a nearby apartment located on Pioneer way. At the time of the shooting, Cervantes was a convicted felon prohibited from owning a firearm.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Robert Rasp and investigated by the Santa Rosa Police Department.


Contact Information

Media Spokesperson, Assistant District Attorney Brian Staebell
Media Coordinator, Carrie Trevena
(707) 565-3098