Pleasanton men get prison time for Feb. BB gun assault

Victim, a learning disabled man has recovered

Two of the three Pleasanton residents charged with shooting a learning disabled man 20 or more times with BB guns will be doing time for the crime.

Jonathan Fala pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and will receive one strike in California's three-strike system for his role in the crime. Fala was ordered to serve three years and eight months in prison and five years' probation.

A second man involved in the attack, Sergio Ramirez, pleaded no contest to one count of physical abuse of a dependent adult. Ramirez was sentenced to three years in prison.

The charges came after a February 18 incident, when the 19-year-old victim ran into a local business bleeding from the hand, saying he'd been shot and trying to hide from his attackers. Police said at the time he'd been shot 20 to 25 times with "BB type guns."

Police discovered the man had been driven to a remote area off Foothill Road; his attackers told him to stand near a tree and began shooting. The victim had BBs lodged in his hand and leg and also received injuries to his head, neck and back.

The man has since recovered.

A 16-year-old Pleasanton girl was also charged in the attack; no information on her case was available.

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Posted by iam hopeful
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2010 at 7:56 am

3 years is enough? Too Much? How can they ever restore the man they hurt to full health. These two men are another example of how to waste the precious little time we all have to live. Pathetic. I am hopeful that they will spend their years in prison quiet, alone and learning how to contribute rather than destroy.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Good, justice served.

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Posted by laura
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm

the 16 year old girl did not get in trouble because she was not really apart of it. i know her.

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Posted by ps
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm

the learning disabled man was fine the next day

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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 11, 2010 at 8:37 am

I am disgusted with these two boys. I use the term 'boys' because this is not something a "real man" would do to another human being. How pathetic that these two hurt another human being let alone someone that society needs to protect. I don't care if the victim felt better moments after he was shot at. They drove him out to a remote location, wouldn't that fill any of us with absolute terror! And then, shot at him repeatedly! BB gun or not, these two individuals are SICK!

Something is wrong with them. I am disgusted!Part of their punishment should be community service to the disabled/handicapped. Perhaps, then they can be rehabilitated into decent human beings.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

I too am disgusted with these boys behavior! To plan to drive someone out to a remote location and shoot them? That is sick behavior. At 16, these boys need therapy and some jail time. Then probation for the next 5 years. I hope it is enough to turn them around to normal behavior.
Community service to the disabled or handicapped would be a good idea too.

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Posted by Laur
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm

That is just plain horrible. what kind of people do that? Im glad they got 3 years.. but that poor man i wonder how he will get over that. i know i would have a hard time. some people are just sick and twisted.

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Posted by will
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

These two thugs deserve the prison sentence they received. They inhumanly formulated a plan to kidnap a special needs person, drive him to a remote area on Foothill Road and take turns shooting at him. And for you liberal tree hugging forgivers out there who will likely say that these 2 individuals are just misunderstood and really meant no harm because they only used a BB gun should focus their attention on the torture the true victim endured that will affect him for the rest of his life!! I'm sure he did not know it was a BB gun being pointed at him and likely thought they were going to kill him. Plus, BB's struck in certain areas can kill a person.

Also, that person who wrote that the 16 yr old female had nothing to do with this is ludicrous. She is hanging out with locally known thugs so she placed herself in that position by her own choice to be friends with criminals. Besides, once she knew what was going on, why didn't she call 911 and report this to the police if she was so innocent? She witnessed a person get tortured and did nothing about it. It was the victim who had to run to a nearby business and seek his own aid.

Lastly, I would like applaud the Pleasanton Police Dept for doing a good investigation and identifying these criminals so they can be held to answer for their criminal and senseless act. Also, kudos to the District Attorney's office for successfully prosecuting these thugs.

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Posted by jacob and Alma
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm


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Posted by will
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Interesting that a liberal wants to attack my politics instead of the horrendous crime these two thugs committed. Let me guess, you two are upset that these thugs are being sent to prison instead of therapy and rehab so their troubled lives can be analyzed by supposed experts and then argued in court to get a pardoned sentence. The only reason I threw that comment in about being a liberal tree hugger was to get a reaction from someone who once again has easily been proven to lose focus on the real issue of scaring an innocent victim for life at the hands of two punks.

Can you focus here and make your comments on the news article and not for your political statement / opinion? You're [removed] comment about " shows how angry you fools are" Are you saying society should not be angry toward criminals?? This has nothing to do with politics for once, this has to do with the crime that occurred. My comment was about agreeing that these two punks got convicted and the innocent victim got justice, which is unfortunately not always the case. I am not delusional, and of course as a law abiding citizen I am angry this occurred! [removed]

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Posted by Say what?
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

three years? You have got to be kidding me for shooting someone with a BB gun? What a waste of our prison system. Are they even legal residents? They should do volunteer work at some charity so they can be of some benefit to us all rather than just another bill.

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Posted by ha
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

yeah i agree. whats a bb gun when a cop can kill someone and get less time. no ones dead and the kids just fine. if anything they shouldve just stopped hitting the pipe and put their meth away. if anyone where to know the full details then not one person would feel sorry

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Posted by Say What?
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

First killing a couple of dogs and then this............what a waste of money. At least the gangbanger was fighting people on BART, already had two felony counts, and was resisting arrest but shooting someone with a BB gun? Volunteer work and mental counseling yes, prison nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

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