Three men were sentenced Friday in the death of a 30-year-old Ripon man after a violent encounter at a bar in South Lake Tahoe in May 2012, according to news reports.
A plea deal was reached recently, with formal sentencing Friday in Placerville for the one-time bouncers of Mo’s Place, a bar on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, according to the Lake Tahoe News. The newspaper provided this account of the sentences imposed by El Dorado Superior Court Judge James Wagoner in the death of Derek “Zippy” Penaranda, who was in South Lake Tahoe in May 2012 to celebrate his birthday:
• Rodolfo Hernandez, 44, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail with credit for time served and four years’ probation. He has been in custody since he turned himself in after being indicted. He will be turned over to federal custody and deported because he is in the United States illegally. The 364-day sentence allows him to seek re-entry. He had faced a maximum penalty of four years in county jail.
• Sean Canilao, 49, was sentenced to 60 days in custody starting Feb. 24, to be followed by 120 days of house arrest. He will be behind bars for 30 days and on probation for four years. He will not be allowed to own firearms or ammunition for the rest of his life. The maximum penalty was four years in prison.
• Ruben Lizzaragga, 41, was sentenced to 240 days in jail, with 60 days behind bars starting Feb. 28 and 180 days of an alternative sentence that has yet to be determined. He is also on probation for four years and will not be allowed to own a gun or ammunition. The maximum penalty was four years in prison.
The judge did not change the sentence from what had been agreed to by all parties in the plea deal, according to the Lake Tahoe News.
Reached Saturday in Ripon, Wayne Penaranda said he addressed the court in hopes of compelling the judge to send the case to trial.
“In all honesty, the sentencing went as planned and actually what I had agreed upon with the ADA,” he said by telephone. “If the incident had gone all the way through trial, it most likely would have had the same outcome. The penalty would have been more or less the same.”
Going to see a bluegrass band at Mo’s Place was the apex of activities celebrating Zippy’s 30th birthday and Wayne and Debbie Penaranda’s 39th wedding anniversary, he said. He acknowledged that his middle son, Zippy, threw the first punch. “He was being harassed,” he said.
“The actions of my son – does that warrant death?” he said. Penaranda died in October 2012, according to the Lake Tahoe News.
The bar’s owner also was injured in the incident.