Two men convicted of second-degree murder for a 2011 slaying in a rural Healdsburg marijuana garden were sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.
Judge Gary Medvigy described defendant Sidonio Cruz-Santos, 36, of Santa Rosa as the one in charge of the pot cultivation and who was calling the shots when violence broke out, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.
Cruz-Santos and co-defendant Augustin Zepeda-Onofre, 25, of Windsor were partying Oct. 16, 2011 near the garden off Chemise Road in the Dry Creek Valley when one of them shot and killed the brother-in-law of a man they hired to tend the pot.
A Sonoma County jury May 7 found the men guilty in the shooting death of Gabino Lopez-Santiago, 46, of Healdsburg.
On Tuesday, Medvigy handed Sidonio Cruz-Santos 15 years to life in prison for the killing and an additional 26 years for three counts of assault with a firearm, felony cultivation and persuading a witness by force.
Zepeda-Onofre will serve 25 years to life for the killing, assault with a firearm and felony cultivation, said his attorney, Chief Deputy Public Defender Kristine Burk.