Modesto man gets 15-year term in shooting death

A judge sentenced a Modesto man to 15 years to life in prison after being convicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Jair Garcia, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office said Monday.

Joan Ochoa, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Superior Court in late February just before the start of his trial.

A prosecutor said Ochoa and Garcia, wearing opposing gang colors, exchanged "hard looks" as Ochoa drove by a smoke shop on Crows Landing Road on March 23, 2006. The two got into an argument. Ochoa pulled out a gun and shot Garcia several times, killing him on the spot.

Ochoa was a minor at the time of the shooting, but prosecutors charged him as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime.

Among the other sentences announced:

Bounthavy Tyler Manivong, 32, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2,000,000 in restitution after his conviction for identity theft and tax evasion. The case arose from a real estate investment scheme in which Manivong persuaded victims to invest money with him for certain real estate transactions. The transactions were never carried out and Manivong pocketed the money.

Anthony Ralph Sistare, 40, of Modesto was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of auto theft. On July 2 in Patterson, Sistare stole his roommate's 1995 tan Suzuki Sidekick SUV while the roommate was asleep. An officer saw the vehicle being driven in Hayward. Sistare said he took his roommate's car because it was his birthday and he wanted to visit a friend in Hayward. While there, he said, he relapsed and began using drugs again. Sistare said that he decided to keep the vehicle but didn't think the registered owner would report it stolen since he knew he was on parole.

Angela Monique Sanchez, 28, of Modesto was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of auto theft. On Dec. 28 at 11 p.m. in the area of Olivero Road and Crows Landing Road in Modesto, a deputy saw Sanchez driving a 1995 gold Honda Accord that had been reported stolen just hours before from the registered owner's driveway on Sun Meadow Drive in Ceres. After stopping the vehicle, Sanchez claimed a friend named "Tim" gave her the vehicle, but she had no other contact information for him. The deputy then saw that Sanchez had used a shaved key to start the vehicle.