Andres Rodriguez found guilty in Oxnard
shooting, due in court for Bryant murder

October 07, 2015
Santa Paula News

An Oxnard gang member will appear in court for a Santa Paula murder, kidnapping and robbery two days before he will be sentenced to a separate incident that could bring him a life sentence.

A jury found Andres Rene Rodriguez, 30, guilty September 30 in connection with the attempted murder that occurred in Oxnard more than two years ago when Rodriguez fired on a bicyclist in the La Colonia neighborhood.

The jury — which deliberated for a day-and-a-half — also upheld numerous special allegations in connection with the shooting including committing street terrorism as well as Rodriguez’s prior convictions for violent felonies.

Rodriguez is scheduled to be sentenced for the Oxnard attempted murder on October 29, two days after he is scheduled to go on trial for the murder of Angela Bryant, 33 of Santa Paula, who was shot to death at a friend’s house in Santa Paula  July 2013.

He is also facing additional charges regarding a kidnapping and robbery of two other people in Santa Paula during the time of the fatal shooting.

Bryant, the mother of young children, was found with a gunshot wound in a home in the 600 block of Ojai Road on July 17, 2013 and died later. 

Rodriguez, a longtime member of the Colonia Chiques gang, is accused of robbing Bryant, a man and another woman at gunpoint July 15, 2013. Later that day Rodriguez and another woman found their property was missing and he was led to believe that Bryant had been involved.

Two days later, Rodriguez entered the Santa Paula home and opened fire on a man and Bryant who were attempting to hide in the bathroom; the man escaped through a window and was not wounded.

When he is sentenced October 29 for the Oxnard attempted murder and related charges Rodriguez will face a maximum prison sentence of 55 years to life.

The sentencing will follow on the heels of Rodriquez’s October 27 court date in relation to the Bryant homicide.

Rodriguez remains in jail with bail for both cases set at $3.1 million.

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