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Man to stand trial in rural Vacaville killing

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Sergio Perez, a suspect in the July 9, 2013, shooting death of Jimmy Degros in rural Vacaville, is shown as he appears in Solano County Superior Court in July 2013. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file)

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From page A1 | April 18, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a murder charge for the July 9, 2013, execution-style shooting death of a Suisun City man at a rural home in the hills north of Vacaville.

The suspect, 27-year-old Sergio Perez, spent much of his probable cause hearing crying and sobbing. His mother and father and other loved ones also cried through much of the hearing.

Some of the family of the victim, Jimmy Degros, expressed resentment over Perez’s self-pity.

A friend of Degros testified they had gone to Perez’s home on Steiger Hills Road where they drank Coors light beer with Perez and his younger brother, Eriberto Perez. Everybody except Degros also smoked some marijuana before the friend left Degros with the brothers and drove to Sacramento. The friend tried calling Degros a few hours later, but all he heard when Degros’ phone was answered was some commotion before the call disconnected.

Sheriff’s deputies testified they got to the home around 9 p.m., about 20 minutes after reports of a shot being fired. Deputies spotted Perez driving from the home in his pickup truck and blocked his truck in the driveway, causing him to briefly try to flee without success in the opposite direction before surrendering. In the back of the truck under a sheet of plywood they found the body of Degros, who had been shot in the head. His body was covered with absorbent powder typically used to soak up oil spills.

Investigators found more of the absorbent powder in the home and they found blood stains in the driveway that had recently been hosed down. Inside the home, they found a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation, with hundreds of budding plants, along with 23 pounds of processed marijuana and nearly an ounce of cocaine.

Most of the tears Perez shed came as prosecutor Krishna Abrams was playing a videotape recorded in one of the sheriff’s patrol cars where Perez was secured after his arrest. The video showed deputies discovering Degros’ body and their search of the area afterword.

The video featured audio of Perez crying and shouting about how he is going to spend the rest of life in prison. Then Perez starts blurting out various excuses for the killing, loudly claiming it was an accident and that it was somebody else’s fault.

Judge Donna Stashyn ordered Perez to return to court May 8 to be arraigned on a murder charge and on charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine for sale. He is in jail with bail set at $5 million.

Before deputies arrived at the Steiger Hills Road home, Perez’s brother left in an old gold Cadillac. Fairfield police found the Cadillac a week later. Authorities believe Eriberto Perez may have fled to Oregon.

Anyone with any information about Eriberto “Eddie” Perez is asked to call the Solano County Sheriff’s Office at 421-7090 or Solano County Crime Stoppers at 644-7867.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

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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  • Jane DoeApril 18, 2014 - 12:40 am

    What a scumbag. I hope he gets the death penalty. Failing that, life without parole.

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  • Free SergioApril 19, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    You really should get your facts straight first

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  • 2realApril 18, 2014 - 4:47 am

    Yea life without parole, that way we taxpayers can support him for the rest of our lives..death by firing squad!!

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  • patrickApril 18, 2014 - 10:13 am

    736 on death row in san Quentin--many will die of natural causes. can be checked out with your search engine------ costing ca tax payers millions of $$$$$

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  • The MisterApril 18, 2014 - 6:24 am

    How are you all going to feel when this human hairball is released back on the streets because of the corruption/failure of office of Sheriff Ferrara and DA du Bain? And the next time Sergio kills someone, can we at least partially blame that murder on Ferrara and du Bain?

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  • loveApril 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

    I wish this punk and his family could have seen Jimmy's children crying when they lowered his casket . the audacity to weep for this thug is unbelievable. I hope they go ten fold on this punk and make him feel the pain those children felt never getting to see their father alive again.

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  • MeApril 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Love that was the saddest to see, and to see his oldest daughter ask questions and wrte letters to her dad is the toughest and the pain only just began for his children, every birthday, every report card, every holiday, first dates, weddings, these babies will never have those moments with their daddy. I hope one day this scum can see what he did to the kids!

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  • obvious_April 18, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    funny all you want to see Sergio pay for something he probably didn't do. NO gunpowder on his hands and eddie is missing?? but you blame Sergio. also, no coke was in his system and jimmys clearly came positive for cocaine, everyone is saying they feel bad for his kids yet wtf was he doing at a trap house doing cocaine to begin with?? um, obviously not thinking of his kids. free Sergio.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 18, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    It's obvious to me that the house was used for growing marijuana. That is a felony. A firearm was included in this grow house. Another felony. A death occurred in this location where two felonys had occurred. It's obvious to me that the felony murder rule could be applied in this case. Please do not free Sergio, one of the participants in this felony murder.

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  • monsterApril 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Sergio was a waste of life. His kids are better without him. I feel bad they had to have him for a dad. They killed my brother for nothing. I hope they burn for what they did. If anyone feel sometype of was bout what i said get at me. Get knocked out R.I.P Jimmy Degros.

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  • GemmaApril 18, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Was he sobbing and crying when he killed the victim? Was he sobbing and crying when he loaded the victim into the back of his truck, dumped that powder on him, and attempted to clean up the crime scene? The victim isn't getting a free pass from me either. 23 lbs of weed,a ounce of coke, and who knows what else? You're asking for trouble with that at your house.

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  • LilApril 18, 2014 - 10:15 am

    I think the murder happened at the Perez house, not the victims. The victim might not have known about the grow operation.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 18, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Donde esta Eddie? Perhaps one or more of those mouths underneath those cryin' eyes in the cheap seats could shed some light on that question.

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  • People judge too much!April 19, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Bunch of judgmental people. Makes me sick. No one thinks of the other children involved. Does Sergio and Eris kids get to see their fathers nope. Don't think they cry kos of their dad's being gone. Well they do. But I guess those kids don't Matter huh. Or let see if someone was about to kill you I'm sure 99% of you would kill back to save yourselves. Jimmy was there to ROB AND KILL them. Not to hang out all innocent. At the very least they were defending them selves. But you are all to stupid to see that. And why was he shedding tears?!?! Hmmm maybe because he's facing life for something he didn't do!!!! I can't stand to see all the judgmental comments on here it's sickening.. Sergio was an amazing dad. And good person. Always kept to himself. And kind. If your going to speak on something know the facts first.

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  • JeremyApril 20, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Jimmy was my brother. I want to see both them dead.. a slow painful death

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  • Free SergioMay 01, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    For what? Because your brother was trying to rob and kill them they fought back an he ended up dead? Maybe he shouldn't have been living that type of life. That's what happens. Honestly the only victims of this are all the children involved on both sides. Sergio is the innocent one. Weather you want to believe. It or not. You want someone to pin it on. But look at your brother. Look at the facts. Sergio has NO GUN RESIDUE ON HIM!!!!!! No coke in his system. But your brother did. Wake up. We all miss loved one. But don't be in denial.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 02, 2014 - 7:49 am

    "Free Sergio"----here is a definition for you to consider. Delusional--A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness, as in schizophrenia. When a victim of a gunshot has GSR on him, that is not unexpected. Because a gun just discharged at him. It is delusional to think that the investigators swabbed the victim for GSR. Why would they? And what type of life was Sergio leading? It's obvious to me that the house was used for growing marijuana. That is a felony. A firearm was included in this grow house. Another felony. A death occurred in this location where two felonies had occurred. That's the life Sergio was leading. It's obvious to me that the felony murder rule could be applied in this case. Please do not free Sergio, one of the participants in this felony murder. Delusional thinking such as yours wielded by a good criminal defense attorney can sometimes convince a juror that reasonable doubt exists. But most people would see it for what it really is--delusional thinking.

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  • free sergioMay 06, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    maybe you should re read my comment.. i siad that jimmy had cocaine in his system... but sergio did not.. and unless you knew him personally or anything about this case then you have no room to jusge.. but i dont blame you. you are just another sheep.. lead by the blind.. you feel like everything falls into one catagory when it doesnt.. i feel bad for you.. but thats ok.. more power too you... i never once said the life they lived was a good one.. i simply said sergio is innocent.. not one of you people thinks of the brother thats missing.. or anyone else involved.. and as tragic as it is people are making it out that jimmy was this great crime free person.. when that was not the case.. and i dont care what anyone says about it.. point is its messed up what happened.. no one should have died that night..but what the news gives you isnt always the full story.. no one on this forum seems to remember that

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