Gabriel Almaguer was facing his co-defendants in a murder case Friday in Santa Maria court instead of sitting next to them as he has at numerous previous court appearances.

Almaguer on Friday agreed to testify truthfully against two of the man charged with killing Alberto Diaz Jr., 32, of Guadalupe in exchange for a lesser sentence regarding his own role in the crime.

Superior Court Judge Edward Bullard heard Almaguer’s testimony during the preliminary hearing, and that of other prosecution witnesses, before determining there was sufficient evidence to order defendants Christopher Brewer and Rudy Ramos to stand trial for the murder.

Initially, alleged gang members and associates Almaguer, 30, Christopher Brewer, 21, Jacob Brewer, 20, and Ramos, 25, were all charged with killing Diaz on Dec. 9 in a parking lot in the 1000 block of North Broadway. 

Diaz, an alleged Guadalupe gang member with a long history of crimes, was stabbed to death. Christopher Brewer is accused of doing the actual stabbing.

The Brewer brothers were also Guadalupe gang members and Almaguer and Ramos were Northwest gang associates, according to police.

However, Almaguer on Friday signed an agreement to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for leniency concerning his case and Jacob Brewer recently pleaded guilty to attempted murder and admitted a gang allegation. He will be sentenced to 17 years in state prison after the case against his brother, Christopher Brewer, and Ramos concludes, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Megan Ross.

If Almaguer testifies truthfully at trial, the prosecution has agreed to let Almaguer plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and be sentenced to a maximum of nine years in prison.

If convicted of all charges, Christopher Brewer and Ramos face life prison sentences.

During Friday’s hearing, Almaguer testified that Ramos said Diaz had a “green light” on him, meaning he’d been targeted by gangs for punishment.

He said that Diaz was riding away on his bicycle when Christopher Brewer called him back. The stabbing occurred soon afterwards. Almaguer was nearby at the time.

Santa Maria police Detective Michael Huffman said on the witness stand that Almaguer told him that he believed Christopher Brewer was the stabber.

“He said that Christopher Brewer was the only one that could possibly have stabbed Stormy,” he said, referring to Diaz by his gang moniker.

Huffman went on to say that a friend of Christopher Brewer’s told him Brewer confessed to killing someone.

“He said ‘no it wasn’t self defense. I murdered him’,” Huffman said, recalling the words of the witness.

Santa Maria police Detective Michael Parker said he’d heard rumors that Diaz had been targeted for attacks because he was accused by fellow gang members of taking “taxes” from gang members without permission from his superiors.

Christopher Brewer and Ramos are due back in court on Aug. 9 for a routine hearing.

(14) comments

WyettEarp
WyettEarp

Well I guess the We Love Gang Bangers club of Santa Maria will have cause to march on the court house now. Why can't the cops just leave these people alone. They are being denied their civil rights to murder one another and anyone else that gets in their way.

Janice Bellucci the self appointed guardian angle of sex offenders can really build her law practice and help these gang bangers get out of jail sooner or not end up there in the first place.

They should lock all of these dirt bags up and throw away the key!

Larara
Larara

Hey man, I got to protect my hood and my homies I got to have respect man. If you mess with my homies and hood look out man. Bye, Bye homies. I hope you get a fair cellmate, "one who'll let you be the husband or the wife".

Justin Case
Justin Case

I agree with Wyett! Send all these Hispanic gang members to prison for LIFE!

WAIT A MINUTE, SMT said “Christopher Brewer was the only one that could possibly have stabbed Stormy”

Hey Wyett, looks like one of your white homies did the actual killing!, we cant blame Hispanics for this one…can we???

JC

HereWeAre
HereWeAre

It's not the color . it's the culture! trash is trash. most likely raised by single welfair users. let the generations of losers contiune on the backs of the hardworker only wanting to survive.
Let's march against teenage pregnancy now ! Santa Maria needs a gang injuction!

LOTUS
LOTUS

It's to bad that Santa Maria is becoming a Blood Bath City not an All American City. We have killing after killing. All cultures against all. Don't target just one. You can also included those who are suppose to serve and protect us. If they are guilty, they are guilty. We waste to much time in the court system. Not to say tax payers money.

amsalyn77
amsalyn77

FREE CHRIS BREWER!!!

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smv805smv

Free christopher brewer!! Innocent!!

dgbdgb1
dgbdgb1

U guys want to talk stuff about my brothers u dont know us u like talking stuff on the enternet bet you guys fill pritty bad huh lol you guy are a joke you guys dont have anything better to do but talk stuff so go f your selfs lol

dgbdgb1
dgbdgb1

We got.some enternet gang banger

dgbdgb1
dgbdgb1

Tax paying.money yup pay up lol broke a Ss

dgbdgb1
dgbdgb1

Justin case you should.be in prision for life for haveing a wh o re for a wife lol lol my bad did i.say that lol i did

dgbdgb1
dgbdgb1

Wyett they should.lock.you.up for being a fat as s lol. You ugly bi t c h

dgbdgb1
dgbdgb1

Larara is that what happend to you when u were in prision u were someones bit c h lol

dk yadav
dk yadav

Hey Wyett, looks like one of your white-colored homies did the real killing!, we cant fault Hispanics for this one UPCPMT Result 2014

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