Convicted killer gets 50 years to life in prison

By From page A6 | March 26, 2014

Rico Marquez Espitia

Rico Marquez Espitia

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man found guilty of murder at the close of a January 2013 jury trial was sentenced Monday to 50 years to life in prison.

Rico M. Espitia shot and killed Quinten Nears in the parking lot of a Vacaville apartment complex on the night of July, 30, 2011.

Espitia, 22, had been walking through the Alamo Gardens apartments when he ran into Nears, 20, who was walking with a friend. Espitia and Nears had run into each other a few weeks earlier outside a Vacaville liquor store, but that encounter, with tough talk and hard looks, ended without violence.

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Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • General Fadi BasemMarch 24, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Jury delivered a guilty verdict on the 25th of January, 2013. Now fourteen months later, he is sentenced. Something is seriously deranged in the California courts when it takes over a year to sentence someone found guilty of a crime. The horse thief a century ago certainly didn't wait a year in county lockup for judgement. Have we made any progress in the last 100 years or are we going backwards? There is a nice grassy area in front of the courthouses, make a nice gallows green.....

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  • JazzAzzMarch 25, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Justice in this country has certainly gone backwards for sure. 50 yrs. to life????? Everyone with 1/4 of a brain knows that this means maybe 25 yrs. with good behavior, and a day off for every day worked, I believe it goes. Correct me if I am wrong. Although this particular perp does not look like the kind of guy that will be a responsible prisoner. Like was said, a century ago or so, this would have worked out better, "Hanging until you are dead," probably at sun up. IMO, today, a quick bullet to the back of the head, would be justice, behind the jail, and nothing less.

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  • boomMarch 25, 2014 - 10:46 am

    @Jazz-50 to life means he won't be eligible to go to the parole board until he serves 50 years. If he had been sentenced to 50 years, without life stipulated, he would have to do a minimum of 510 months which translates to 85% percent of his sentence, or 42.5 years before he would be eligible for parole. No, this guy is going to do a long time in the California department of corrections and rehabilitation, looking at his picture and reading about the previous confrontation I can see this dude thinks he is a tough guy. Where he is going, there are a lot of tough guys and with the crime he's going in for, he's either gotta back up being a tough guy by carrying out assaults or he's going to victimized-and honestly it's looking like it will be the latter.

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  • JazzAzzMarch 25, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Good news, means he'll be there till at least in his 70s, if he lives that long, doubtfully. Unless some future Liberals or the FEDs continue saying that some Perps need to be turned loose, due to overcrowding, and that he served long enough, whenever. Thanks for that, Boom

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  • CD BrooksMarch 25, 2014 - 6:50 am

    When there was a confrontation back in the day "real men" would deal with it and walk away. Now there are few real men but many cowards and terrorists with guns.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 25, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Scumbags killing scumbags----should we be concerned?

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  • johnMarch 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

    Wonder how his parents feel.Wow we raised such a good child NOT

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  • The MisterMarch 25, 2014 - 8:40 am

    So the killer gets sentenced to 50 years... will Quinten Nears somehow come back to life at that point? Justice and mercy... still requires justice.

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  • tax payerMarch 25, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Thank god, finally. This little scumbag is getting to go to his new home. Be a tough guy there little man!

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  • PornacMarch 25, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    We really need more guns so this cannot happen. Can't wait till we pass a law like Georgia did that permits guns in bars and lets everyone shoot to kill if you feel threatened. That music is way too loud. I'm threatened!

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Georgia has no such law. This is typical propaganda that is spread by people with an agenda. If you don't like their law, stick what the law actually says instead of making up your own inaccurate version

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  • JBMarch 25, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Don't worry he will be out before you know it. Keep voting for those liberals.

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  • 707galApril 13, 2014 - 1:29 am

    Live by the gun die by the gun. What a coward. 50 yrs. Not nearly long enough. THEYshould have given him death that is what he gave Near

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