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Plea Deal Nets 15 Years In Vehicle Shootings
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Javier Rivera was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a series of shootings at occupied vehicles on River Road in late 2020 and early 2021. Sheriff's Department Photo

A suspect arrested in connection with a series of shootings at vehicles along River Road over a period of several months will spend 15 years in prison.

“Throughout late 2020 and early 2021, we received multiple calls for service regarding vehicles being shot at along River Road, south of the city of Escalon,” the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department noted in a ‘Case Update’ posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 24. “Thankfully, no injuries were reported. With the help of Riverbank Police Services and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, 41-year-old Javier Rivera of Riverbank was identified as the suspect responsible for the shootings and was arrested on February 9, 2021.”

Last week, Rivera pleaded guilty to the shootings, and will serve a 15-year prison sentence as part of a plea deal.

“Deputy District Attorney Alexander Henry with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office handled the case expertly,” the Facebook post continued, “and we would like to highlight everyone’s outstanding work that led to an acceptable outcome in this case.”