Jose Luis Botello of Atwater, appears before Judge Ronald W. Hansen during his sentencing hearing in the Merced County Superior Courthouse in Merced, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Botello was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders of 16-year-old Samantha Parreira and 19-year-old Matthew Fisher on March 30, 2013. Botello was 17-years-old at the time of the murders.
Mariposa Sheriff introduced Deputy Rudy Mirelez during the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Mirelez returned to work after being shot in the head during a shootout on Oct. 1, 2015, south of Mariposa.
The Madera County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Justice, investigate the scene where two dead bodies where found in a home next door to a meth lab in the 24000 block of Robertson Boulevard near Chowchilla, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. According to the Madera County Sheriff's office, detectives are investigating the incident as a double homicide.
Band students from Hoover and Rivera middle schools, and several Merced City School District elementary schools, marched during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday, Jan. 15. Hundreds of community members also participated in the march, including Superintendent RoseMary Parga Duran.