A man accused of breaking into a Mount Shasta home in February 2013 was sentenced to more than 20 years in state prison last week.
A man accused of breaking into a Mount Shasta home in February 2013 was sentenced to more than 20 years in state prison last week. Juan Angel Vidano, 21, of Mount Shasta pleaded no contest to home invasion robbery, dissuading a witness and involvement in a street gang. The 20 year, eight month prison sentence was part of a plea agreement, said Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus. Sundance Angel Gonzalez, 19, of Lake Shastina, was sentenced the week before to 18 years in state prison after pleading guilty to numerous felony charges stemming from the same incident. “These are both young men who made extremely poor decisions and displayed very violent and dangerous behavior,” said Andrus. “The crimes themselves actually put a life sentence within reach but we felt as though these sentences were appropriate, given the level of violent dangerousness and the use of weapons. Each defendant will have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence they received.” Vidano was arrested, along with Gonzalez and 20 year old Marco Fernandez of Weed last year after three men forced entry into a home on Pine Street on the evening of Feb. 6, said Mount Shasta Police Department chief Parish Cross. The victims, a man and a woman, said they were threatened not to make noise, move or attempt to contact police, Cross said. During the incident, both victims were restrained and the man was struck in the head with the butt of a pistol, said MSPD Sgt. Robert Gibson. During the commission of the crime, Gonzalez is believed to have shot himself through the leg, said Gibson. The incident wasn’t reported until about three hours later, when the victims went to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, Gibson said. Vidano and Gonzalez were arrested in the attic of a home on the 600 block of Chestnut Street the next morning after a six hour standoff, said Cross. “The bottom line is that if you use a gun you will go to prison,” said Andrus. “Going into someone else’s home to commit a crime with a gun will bring a severe penalty of the type imposed here.” Fernandez was arrested a few weeks after the invasion. He is awaiting a jury trail set to begin on April 2, said Andrus.