SACRAMENTO - A "cold hit" murder case that began nearly eight years ago in a West Sacramento bar culminated in a conviction Monday for a Sacramento man.
The Yolo County District Attorney's Office said a Woodland jury found 29-year-old Juan Antonio Gonzales guilty of first degree murder and special circumstance murder committed during robbery in the June 18, 2006 death of Alfonso Prado.
Prado was working as a janitor at Ortega's West Night Club when he was robbed and fatally shot.
Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral said three days after the murder, the Sacramento Police Department recovered a handgun that was entered in the National Ballistics Network. Two years later, a "cold hit" linked the gun as the weapon used to killed the victim and to an associate of Gonzales.
Then in 2009, Cabral said blood evidence recovered from the shooting scene was found to match DNA from Gonzales on file in the National DNA (CODIS) database.
Gonzales' sentencing was set for March 3. Cabral said he faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.