Man sentenced in Father's Day 2006 cold case murder

A Sacramento man convicted of murdering a man for a few hundred dollars was sentenced to life in prison without parole in Yolo County Superior Court Monday.

Juan Antonio Gonzales, 29, was charged with fatally shooting Alfonso Prado at Ortega's West Night Cub on Father's Day, June 18, 2006, and robbing him. Prado worked as a janitor and was cleaning the bar.

Three days later, Sacramento police recovered a handgun during a search and entered the gun's identifying information in the National Ballistics Network, according to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.

Two years later, police detectives caught a break in the unsolved murder - The gun, linked to an associate of Gonzales, was determined as the weapon used to kill Prado, the D.A.'s office said.

Another year passed before investigators learned blood evidence taken from the murder scene matched DNA from Gonzales in the national DNA database.

A jury found Gonzales guilty of Prado's murder and special circumstance murder committed during robbery earlier this year.


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