WEST SACRAMENTO—Michael Anthony Reyes, a member of the “Broderick Boys” gang, was sentenced on Wednesday, September 2 to life, plus an additional 28 years, for the attempted murder of a former gang member last November in West Sacramento. He is now 25 years old.
On Monday, August 31, Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul K. Richardson also sentenced co-defendants and accessories Lisa Humble, 22, to three years and four months in state prison; and Liberty Landowski, 21, to probation with a five-year suspended state prison sentence.
On November 18, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., two victims were riding bicycles in West Sacramento near the corners of Sycamore Avenue and Proctor and Evergreen Avenues when Reyes confronted one of them. The area is near Westacre Park and Yolo High School.
Authorities said one of the victims—a former gang member named Ernie Sotelo—had previously sold drugs in the Broderick Boys area, and had been involved in a dispute with Reyes’ stepfather,
Following the confrontation, Reyes shot a total of six times as they rode away. The victim was struck by three bullets. One struck him in the mid back, while the other bullet cut through his aorta. The third bullet lodged in a lung. He was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, and survived the nearly fatal wounds. His wife, who was on the other bicycle, escaped without injury.
Accomplice Landowski had been driving Reyes in her white Mustang convertible when the shooting occurred, but then fled following the shooting. According to authorities, she switched cars and hid the Mustang. Humble and her boyfriend, Eric Lovett were also reportedly in the car.
Phone calls at the jail after both Humble and Landowski were apprehended showed they had been working to conceal the Mustang after their arrest. It has still not been found.
During the trial, witnesses testified that the accomplices had emailed Reyes audio recordings of police scanner information following the shooting. They also rented a Sacramento motel room to conceal Reyes’ whereabouts, while Humble kept the gun—a black .22 automatic pistol—used in the shooting.
Eric Lovett is still awaiting trial, as his case was separated from the other three. He has pleaded not guilty to the accessory charges.