Redbridge shooter agrees to 20 years in prison
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Mar 02, 2014 | 7480 views | 7 7 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tracy mother is breathing a sigh of relief as the man accused of shooting her daughter nearly a year ago is expected to be sentenced in April to 20 years in prison based on his guilty plea last month.

Angelo Alex Abila, 20, of Lathrop, pleaded guilty Feb. 6 in San Joaquin County Superior Court to the charges of assault with a firearm, use of a firearm in the act of a felony, inflicting great bodily injury and committing the crimes for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

“I’m pretty happy,” Yvette Perez said Friday. “That was pretty awesome news.”

Abila shot Perez’s daughter Nikki Mello outside her family’s house on the 2800 block of Redbridge Road almost a year ago, March 16.

He is scheduled to be sentenced April 7 in Stockton court. Perez said she and her now-18-year-old daughter plan to make a statement at his sentencing.

“It’s been hard. It’s been hard on everybody,” Perez said. “I just want him to know what he’s done to my family. It’s changed our lives forever. It’s really sad. The saddest part is this will be part of her life forever.”

Mello was shot while breaking up a late night party she hosted at her house in the west Tracy community of Redbridge.

Mello testified during Abila’s preliminary hearing Dec. 13 that she heard the sound of gunfire as she was clearing partygoers out of her backyard. One of the bullets hit her in the back and remains lodged in her left lung.

According to Deputy District Attorney Donald Vaughn, Abila will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence.

Vaughn said the 20-year prison term was part of a plea bargain with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.

“It’s an effective resolution,” he said on Friday. “It assures he is off the street and not a danger to the public. He’ll serve 17 to 20 years.”

Abila’s sentencing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. April 7 in Department  35 of the Stockton court.

He remains in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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echauhan
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March 02, 2014
Why must REDBRIDGE be in the headline of the article everytime this occurrence and subsequent story is printed in the Tracy Press? no other neighborhoods in town are mentioned by name when other crimes have occurred ?
Wobbley
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March 03, 2014
You guys are special. Making Tracy kids bus to the high school rather than walk through your special neighborhood. :)
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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March 03, 2014


Wobbley



"You guys are special. Making Tracy kids bus to the high school rather than walk through your special neighborhood. :) "

It's because it's a private gated community that th people who bought inta paid fer. Ya had th same right accorded ya but fer one reason or another didn't elect ta do it.

What, ya don't feel that people should be able ta manage thair personal property ta decide on who gets ta cross it or not?

Wobbley
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March 04, 2014
Nope, just sayin that the privilege comes at a cost.
bruelladeville
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March 02, 2014
It's a good thing that he is getting locked up for a while. Now Nikki just needs to learn how to behave and choose her friends a little wiser. From the episode on Dr. Phil, it looks like her choice of friends may have been a contributing factor. And to her mom, being a mother and NOT a friend when she was

growing up may have also prevented this.
tracyresdnt
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March 02, 2014
Bye! :)
Wobbley
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March 03, 2014
Not for long enough.


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