Man sentenced in Mollies Pub shooting
Two alleged accomplices consider deals, due back in court Nov. 1
VICTORVILLE • A Barstow man accepted a plea bargain in the shooting at Mollies Pub that injured two in September 2012.
Samuel Weitz, 33, was sentenced to 42 years in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of second-degree attempted murder Friday, court records show. Three allegations of prior prison terms were also found to be true.
As part of the plea bargain, the attempted murder charges were lessened from first degree, and a third charge of participating in a criminal street gang dismissed, according to court records.
Two innocent bystanders inside the Main Street bar were shot in the legs during the early morning of Sept. 22 last year. The bullets were intended for a rival gang member, authorities have said.
According to authorities, Weitz and two accomplices were members of the Street Villains street gang at the time of the incident.
Barstow Police Department Detective Leo Griego testified Dec. 13 during a preliminary hearing that the shooting was an attempted act of retaliation for the 2009 murder of Weitz’ friend, Gilbert Chavez.
Griego also testified that the intended victim was Alexander Gamez, a known Los Gents gang member. Gamez’ brother and another man were sentenced to 50 years to life in November 2012 for Chavez’ murder.
According to Griego, Mollies Pub surveillance video also implicated Jonathan Vigil and Jesus Perez in the shooting.
Vigil, 34, and Perez, 24, face two counts of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang.
The two men are in custody and due to return to court Nov. 1. They were considering a plea deal offered by the prosecution Friday, according to court records. Their bail is set at $1 million.
Weitz, who was arrested Sept. 24 last year, had 424 days knocked off his sentence for time served and good behavior, according to court records.
He has previous convictions in San Bernardino County for assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft and twice for felon in possession of a firearm.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com