Mount Shasta home invasion suspect enters guilty plea

David Smith, GateHouse Calif.

One of three suspects in a Feb. 6 Mount Shasta home invasion case has pleaded guilty and faces up to 18 years in state prison for his part in the crime.

Weed resident Sundance Angel Gonzalez, who was 18 at the time of the home invasion/robbery on Pine Street, pleaded guilty to numerous charges in a Yreka courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy District Attorney John Quinn gave a breakdown of the charges, including robbery of an inhabited dwelling, a count augmented by special allegations including the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime and causing great bodily injury.

The major counts bring the total possible sentence to 16 years, said District Attorney Kirk Andrus. The addition of numerous smaller counts may bring the state prison sentence to 18 years.

According to Quinn, a number of special allegations were dropped that would have substantially extended the punishment, including special allegations of “street terrorism” and gang-related activity. He explained that it was determined that Gonzalez had a tenuous connection to gang activity and that he was more likely a “hanger-on” in the situation.

The Mount Shasta Police Department reported that Gonzalez shot himself through the leg during the commission of the crime.

Two other men are currently awaiting trial on charges related to the home invasion. Both Marco Fernandez and Juan Angel Vidano were arrested in February and face numerous charges including robbery of an inhabited dwelling, force with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, dissuading a witness, making terrorist threats, and participation in a street gang.

Gonzalez’s sentencing hearing is set for January 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Siskiyou County Superior Court.