FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 17, 2021
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Man Sentenced to 19 Years to Life for 2017 Murder in Pittsburg
Martinez, Calif. – Yesterday, defendant Juan Munoz was sentenced to 19 years to life after he pleaded guilty to murder and admitting to the use of a firearm. The victim’s family was present during the sentencing of Munoz. Earlier this month, Munoz formally entered his guilty plea before his trial was to start.
On September 24, 2017, the defendant tracked down and shot the victim, Jose Escobedo, in City Park in Pittsburg. The victim was hanging out and listening to music when the defendant murdered him.
Pittsburg Police conducted an exhaustive investigation and soon identified the defendant as the shooter. He was arrested within about three days of his crime.
Our Office initially filed the murder charge against Munoz in October 2017.
“While no amount of time will ever bring Jose Escobedo back, we hope that this resolution will give his family some closure,” said Deputy District Attorney Satish Jallepalli.
Case information: People v. Juan Munoz, Docket Number 05-182274-1