DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING-MURDER OF MAN DURING CONFRONTATION OUTSIDE BAR

Case # 13WF0932

Date: September 25, 2015

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR SHOOTING-MURDER OF MAN DURING CONFRONTATION OUTSIDE BAR

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison for shooting and murdering a fellow patron during a confrontation outside a Stanton bar. Leobardo Valladares, 45, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury Aug. 4, 2015, of one felony count of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

On the night of Sept. 15, 2013, Valladares went to Oasis Bar in Stanton. He went to the bar regularly and was acquainted with the staff. The defendant started an altercation outside the bar with 48-year-old Francisco Salgado Torres. At some point during the confrontation, Valladares pulled out a gun and murdered Torres by shooting him twice, hitting him in the face and chest, then fled the scene on foot.

On Sept. 17, 2013, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case, issued a press release with a photo of the defendant.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2013, Valladares surrendered to law enforcement at a residence in Garden Grove. The Garden Grove Police Department assisted in the defendant’s arrest.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.