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.
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