Prison Sentences announced

August 21, 2009 

In the case of a man who tried to intervene in a dispute between a female neighbor and another man, and then got hit with a pipe, the perpetrator — 29-year-old Raymond Jones of Modesto — got five years in state prison.

Jones was sentenced after pleading no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office announced this week.

On June 2, 2008, the male victim tried to position himself between the female neighbor and Jones and tripped over a fallen fence, authorities said. As the victim was falling to the ground, Jones struck him in the chest with a pipe.

Among other sentences announced this week:

• Donovan Saldana, 21, of Ceres was sentenced to six years in state prison after being convicted of auto theft, participating in a criminal street gang, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On April 24 in Ceres, Saldana was stopped while driving. A probation search revealed a box of Federal 12-gauge shotgun shells on the floorboard behind the passenger seat.

On June 5, an officer responded to a report of a person firing shots in the area of the 900 block of Hackett Road in Ceres. The officer found Saldana, who matched the description of the person who was shooting. A search of the area revealed a loaded Ruger .22-caliber silver revolver with two spent rounds.

On June 23, Saldana was a passenger in a 1991 black Acura Integra that had been reported stolen out of Ceres less than an hour earlier. A search revealed two screwdrivers and a knife in Saldana's pocket.

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