Man sentenced for shooting at Rocklin resident

Trio stole one car previously
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A Sacramento man was sentenced Friday to 43 years in state prison after trying to steal a vehicle by shooting at a Rocklin driver. Felipe Ortega, 28, was considered the leader of a three-person group that followed people from the Tropicana Club in Sacramento two different times. The group drove in a black Lincoln Navigator. The group also included Mirna Corral, 36, who drove the Navigator, and Omar Lozano Villicana, 20. On Nov. 22, 2008 the group reportedly followed a truck driver from the nightclub on Arden Way to North Highlands. The three allegedly forced the driver to stop and then get into the Navigator at gunpoint. Ortega then allegedly drove off in the truck, and the victim was released unharmed. On Nov. 30, 2008 a black Lincoln Navigator followed a vehicle from the nightclub into the city of Rocklin. The driver pulled over to let the Navigator pass, but a man wearing black clothing, a black bandana over his face and carrying a gun, jumped out. The driver of the vehicle put the car into reverse, feeling the impact of a bullet on the vehicle as the occupants left the scene. One of the victims reported that she then called 911, and Rocklin police stopped the Navigator and arrested Ortega, Corral and Villicana on another street. Ortega pleaded no contest July 15 to a felony count of carjacking and three felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic weapon. Ortega’s sentence was doubled because he admitted to using a firearm and having a previous felony strike against him. Judge Mark Curry sentenced Mirna Friday to four years probation and one year in Placer County Jail on charges of felony robbery, assault and receiving stolen property. Judge Larry Gaddis sentenced Villicana Monday to four years probation and one year in jail on charges of conspiracy and assault. The female Rocklin victim said Friday it was difficult for her to be in the courtroom, so close to Ortega. “To think that this person wanted to take our lives,” she said. She then spoke to Ortega in Spanish. “May God pardon you, because I cannot,” she said. ~Staff report