Man gets life in prison for West Covina double murder

This comes to us courtesy of City News Service:

POMONA — A 27-year-old man convicted in the shooting deaths of two young men at a party in West Covina three years ago was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Pomona Superior Court Judge Tia Fisher denied the defense’s request for a new trial for Alexander Joseph Alonzo Jr., who was found guilty Nov. 14 in the slayings of Adam Rodriguez, 20, and Roberto “Bobby” Ruiz Jr., 23.
They were shot to death on Nov. 20, 2005, following an argument between Rodriguez and one of Alonzo’s friends at a party in West Covina, according to Deputy District Attorney Bjorn Dodd.
Ruiz and Alonzo had been involved in a verbal confrontation earlier at an area market, but one of Ruiz’s friends later heard him inviting the group with Alonzo to the party, according to the prosecutor.
Jurors convicted Alonzo of two counts of first-degree murder and found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. The prosecution had opted before the trial not to seek the death penalty.
Jurors acquitted Alonzo of two counts of attempted murder involving two victims who were wounded.
Alonzo was arrested in August 2007 following an extensive investigation by the West Covina Police Department.

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  • REST IN PEACE YESKA

    Finally, my friend Adam and Bobby get their chance to rest in peace while Alex rotts in jail..Alex should’ve just tooken his ass beating and he wouldnt be in this situation but he was quick to pull the trigger… what a fool….REST IN PEACE YESKA AND BOBBY

  • Alex’s Cousin

    For all you people who thinks Alex did it your CRAZY!My cousin is not a murderer.
    You need to open your eyes and find their real killer. For all you know that person is right in your face laughing cause he thinks he got away with it. Its okay though, the truth will come out! Alex WILL NOT live his life in prison for someone else’s mistake! In the end alex will get the last laugh.

  • Alex’s Cousin

    For all you people who thinks Alex did it your CRAZY!My cousin is not a murderer.
    You need to open your eyes and find their real killer. For all you know that person is right in your face laughing cause he thinks he got away with it. Its okay though, the truth will come out! Alex WILL NOT live his life in prison for someone else’s mistake! In the end alex will get the last laugh.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to say Alex will NOT be rotting in jail….Nor would he have gotten his ass kicked. He may be in there for now , but he will be home soon… He did not murder anyone, and you shoud be really careful out there because the punk (COWARD) who did it is still out there, he was man enough to pull the trigger but not man enough to suffer the consiquence. I am sorry to the family that lost there sons, and i hope oneday justice will be served when the real KILLER is caught..

  • Justice

    Someone should explain to Alex’s cousin what “without the possibility of parole” means. He did it. Get over it. Move on. Karma’s a bitch. The sad thing is HE was the one that was going to let someone else take the fall. Coward.

  • Alex’s Cousin

    MAYBE SOME SHOULD EXPLAIN TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHATS OING ON NOW. MY FAMILY WILL APPEAL THIS AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS ALEX WILL BE FREE AGAIN. LIKE I SAID ALEX SHOULDNT HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMEONE BEING TRIGGER HAPPY. HE HAS A FAMILY THAT LOVES HIM AND SUPPORTS HIM. WE WILL STAND BY HIM FOREVER UNTIL HE IS FREE. HOW COULD U WANT A MAN WHO IS “NOT GUILTY” LIVE HIS LIFE IN PRISON? MAYBE YOUR THE SCREWED UP ONE. WATCH AND SEE ALEX WILL BE HOME AGAIN ONE DAY WITH HIS FAMILY WHERE HE BELONGS! NOT IN PRISON FOR SOMETHING HE DIDNT DO!

  • alex’s aunt

    for all of you who know the rules of the streets “never snitch” even if you know who did it,so alex is doing time for something he didn’t do, why cause he knows the rules,but the real killer is still out there and you probably drank a beer with him and shook his hand and said what a good job you did in court and he’s laughing at your face,but when the real killer is caught alex will have the last laugh ,and for the friend who said that alex should be ashamed for what he supposedly did, you weren’t even in court to hear the truth so who and the fuck do you think you are to judge alex,if i felt that alex did this crime i wouldn’t be writing this but i know and love alex, my heart goes out to the family, i know what is like to lose a love one, but remember putting the wrong man in jail isn’t the right thing to do’so maybe you shouldn’t feel that justice was done til the real killer is caught and i know one day the real killer will get caught and then real justice will be served, til then GOD WILL PRAY FOR YOU

  • Justice

    Yea, you guys really give a crap about Alex. How much did you spend on a lawyer for him? How much was his freedom worth to you guys? Oh thats right, you let him take his chances with a Public Defender who was just trying to get the thing over with so he could move on to the next poor sap. I’ll tell you what, if my cousin was being tried for murder, i’d sell my organs to make sure he was properly represented. But your whole families ghetto like that, right?

  • bite me

    its ok think what you want but it was cheaper than a funeral,and if your organs are like your brain ( worth shit)you wouldn’t got shit for them, and just remember who will have the last laugh (Alex ha ha)and for the family being ghetto they have more class then you did in court making a fool out of yourself.

  • Alex’s Cousin

    JUSTICE: I dont know where you get off questioning my familys love and careness for my cousin! Someone should really teach you some Respect! You wanna talk about ghetto? my Family is far from that. you people are the ones that tried to start many fights with us in the courthouse! and you talk about GHETTO? CHECK THE MIRROR before you open your mouth! Didnt your mom teach you think before speak? Guess not!!! And What we did or didnt do for my cousin is none of your concern! We know alex is INNOCENT! And you know that he is too, i dont know how you can still go to sleep at night knowing an innocent MAN is in prison.

  • Justice. Sweet sweet justice.

    Innocent like OJ…

  • JUSTICE FOR ADAM!!!

    FYI….ALEX’S FAMILY NEEDS TO EXCEPT THE FACT THAT HIS ASS IS WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE!!! MY COUSIN ADAM ALSO HAS A FAMILY WHO LOVES HIM VERY MUCH AND A DAUGHTER THAT HE NEVER BE ABLE TO HOLD IN HIS ARMS!!! SO I DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT POOR ALEX AND WHERE HE’S GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE AT!!!! YOU DO THE CRIME BITCH NOW YOU HAVE TO DO THE TIME!!!!

  • A Lovely Word Known As Justice.

    For those who think Alex is getting out, ha, you must be crazy. You need to open your eyes to reality. For all we know the murderer is sitting in jail, realizing what he.s done. The truths came out in court. The last laugh has been laughed && done with && nothing will change that. Thee last laugh is ours. Maybe someone sould explain to you the facts of reality. didn.t your little public defender try to appeal for a new trial, If the judge didn.t say yes to that what makes you think your .appeal. granted. Looks like our legs are going to begin hurt because you.ll be standing forever. Alex isn.t going to get out. He is not guilty. Putting it in quotation marks around it is like making a joke of it && thats exactly what the appeal is, a joke.! It.s a nice dream of what you guys want to happen, but exact opposite of whats going to happen. He is exactly where he belongs, prison. You want to talk about RESPECT, what in the world makes you think that you know about that word. Your family showed absolutely no respect in court. So don.t try getting on someone else when you don.t have any yourself.Why don.t you go have a long stare in the mirror before you open your mouth about that subject. Didn.t your mother ever teach you your manners, Opps guess not. What you did for your cousin is something that we can care less about. You just made our attorneys job of convicting him guilty that much easier. Even though we all knew he was guilty. With no doubt in our minds. Hmmm how do we go to sleep at night knowing an “innocent man” is in prison.? How do you go to sleep at night knowing that my cousin is laying in his grave due to your cousins cowardness.? Face the facts Alex is in prison. Thats where he is going to stay. You can continue to “believe” he.s innocent, but bottom line is that 12 jurors thought otherwise. People that knew nothing about either of our cousins found Alex guilty. They had the choice of innocence, but nope. Guily it was. Guilty is what it is. && Guilty is whats its going to stay.

  • A Lovely Word Known As Justice

    For those who think Alex is getting out, ha, you must be crazy. You need to open your eyes to reality. For all we know the murderer is sitting in jail, realizing what he.s done. The truths came out in court. The last laugh has been laughed && done with && nothing will change that. Thee last laugh is ours. Maybe someone sould explain to you the facts of reality. didn.t your little public defender try to appeal for a new trial, If the judge didn.t say yes to that what makes you think your .appeal. granted. Looks like our legs are going to begin hurt because you.ll be standing forever. Alex isn.t going to get out. He is “not guilty”, ha. Putting it in quotation marks around it is like making a joke of it && thats exactly what the appeal is, a joke.! It.s a nice dream of what you guys want to happen, but exact opposite of whats going to happen. He is exactly where he belongs, prison. You want to talk about RESPECT, what in the world makes you think that you know about that word. Your family showed absolutely no respect in court. So don.t try getting on someone else when you don.t have any yourself.Why don.t you go have a long stare in the mirror before you open your mouth about that subject. Didn.t your mother ever teach you your manners, Opps guess not. What you did for your cousin is something that we can care less about. You just made our attorneys job of convicting him guilty that much easier. Even though we all knew he was guilty. With no doubt in our minds. Hmmm how do we go to sleep at night knowing an “innocent man” is in prison.? How do you go to sleep at night knowing that my cousin is laying in his grave due to your cousins cowardness.? Face the facts Alex is in prison. Thats where he is going to stay. You can continue to “believe” he.s innocent, but bottom line is that 12 jurors thought otherwise. People that knew nothing about either of our cousins found Alex guilty. They had the choice of innocence, but nope. Guily it was. Guilty is what it is. && Guilty is whats its going to stay.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm..I was there at the trial, everyday. There were many victims in that courtroom. But what gets me is that my family always had faith from the get go. Never once believed otherwise. And in the end our prayers were answered. On many occasions the “shooters” family tried to mad dog us. But we laughed (ha). We held our composure and had “pity” on the “shooter” and his family. We continued to have faith no matter what! What I find ironic is that the “shooters” family never once held a prayers circle, never once prayed in that court room. Never once showed any sign of remorse or anytype of respect for anything. I dont even think they respected themselves the way they came dressed to court!! I think you guys thought it was a joke. Or your family was just used to being in court for things like that! Well we were not and are not used to things like that! But on that one day, that one WONDERFUL DAY OF JUDGEMENT THEY PRAY? I didnt get it then and I dont get it now!! What did you think that one day was really going to make a differance?? So you can talk about appeals all you want. The judge herself denied the “shooter” a new trial. You guys need to face the facts. Just like his dad did when he ran out of the courtroom down the other side of the hall. I guess reality set in. And for his poor defense? What was that? Like a 1/2 hour of some really bad “smoke n mirrors” game? Oh yea, I forgot his service was free, he still gets paid regardless of what the verdict is!! Or didnt you know that?? Hes already moved on to some poor other smuck and their family and is feeding them the same garbage he gave your family. Because thats all it was, GARBAGE!! Just know that we sleep well at night. There is no other killer, because hes already in jail or did you forget that 12 jurors of his peers found him guilty!! And by the way they didnt know anyone in that courtroom!! They heard the evidence, did their job and found him guilty!! So continue to hold on to your false hope that the “shooter” will be out one day! Oh ya he will after he serves his his 50+ years! Or was that without the possibility of parole!(ha). So as you go and visit, and send him packages and write him letters. We will continue to go to the gravesite of our LOVED ONE and talk to a stone in the ground!! The “shooter” knows hes guilty! He felt it as he cried watching the video! We all saw that and you know that! So just know that we dont hate you, we feel sorry for you!! So as we know now that our loved ones are finally resting in peace. And as we get into our warm beds at night! It makes us smile knowing that the “shooter” is in his little cell crying himself to sleep! Because you know he is!! So we wish you well in your little hope that you have left on your so called appeal. Just make sure when you send the “shooter” his package! You dont forget the “soap on a rope” (ha)

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm..I was there at the trial, everyday. There were many victims in that courtroom. But what gets me is that my family always had faith from the get go. Never once believed otherwise. And in the end our prayers were answered. On many occasions the “shooters” family tried to mad dog us. But we laughed (ha). We held our composure and had “pity” on the “shooter” and his family. We continued to have faith no matter what! What I find ironic is that the “shooters” family never once held a prayers circle, never once prayed in that court room. Never once showed any sign of remorse or anytype of respect for anything. I dont even think they respected themselves the way they came dressed to court!! I think you guys thought it was a joke. Or your family was just used to being in court for things like that! Well we were not and are not used to things like that! But on that one day, that one WONDERFUL DAY OF JUDGEMENT THEY PRAY? I didnt get it then and I dont get it now!! What did you think that one day was really going to make a differance?? So you can talk about appeals all you want. The judge herself denied the “shooter” a new trial. You guys need to face the facts. Just like his dad did when he ran out of the courtroom down the other side of the hall. I guess reality set in. And for his poor defense? What was that? Like a 1/2 hour of some really bad “smoke n mirrors” game? Oh yea, I forgot his service was free, he still gets paid regardless of what the verdict is!! Or didnt you know that?? Hes already moved on to some poor other smuck and their family and is feeding them the same garbage he gave your family. Because thats all it was, GARBAGE!! Just know that we sleep well at night. There is no other killer, because hes already in jail or did you forget that 12 jurors of his peers found him guilty!! And by the way they didnt know anyone in that courtroom!! They heard the evidence, did their job and found him guilty!! So continue to hold on to your false hope that the “shooter” will be out one day! Oh ya he will after he serves his his 50+ years! Or was that without the possibility of parole!(ha). So as you go and visit, and send him packages and write him letters. We will continue to go to the gravesite of our LOVED ONE and talk to a stone in the ground!! The “shooter” knows hes guilty! He felt it as he cried watching the video! We all saw that and you know that! So just know that we dont hate you, we feel sorry for you!! So as we know now that our loved ones are finally resting in peace. And as we get into our warm beds at night! It makes us smile knowing that the “shooter” is in his little cell crying himself to sleep! Because you know he is!! So we wish you well in your little hope that you have left on your so called appeal. Just make sure when you send the “shooter” his package! You dont forget the “soap on a rope” (ha)

  • Anonymous From 12/27 Would Also Like to Add

    How long do I have to decide if I want to file a legal appeal?

    The legal appeal or notice of appeal must be filed within 7 to 10 days after the final judgment. People sometimes are not sure whether or not they want to file a notice of appeal. We recommend filing since the window is limited. You can always withdraw your notice without penalty. Better to file if you are ambivalent because you will not be allowed to do so after the 7-10 time frame.

    Criminal Appeal Attorney Information: How long does the appeal process take?

    It can take several months for an appeal. It is a time consuming process to put together appellate briefs. Both defense attorneys and prosecutors draft their written arguments and respond to each other’s brief (sometimes more than once). This process can go on for months.

    What can I expect after filing an appeal?

    After you file an appeal, the appellate court will usually set a schedule to let both defense attorney and prosecutor know when their briefs must be filed and when (and if) they have to attend court proceedings to present their case.

    How does a guilty verdict get overturned?

    Usually an appellate court will overturn a guilty conviction if they find an error of procedure or law that resulted in the guilty verdict. Only errors that resulted in the guilty verdict can lead to the appellate court overturning the verdict (which means harmless errors will not lead to overturning the conviction).

    So how does it work with sentencing appeals?

    Regarding sentencing, the appellate court will usually not interfere with sentencing unless the judge did not adhere to the sentencing standards required by law. When this happens the appellate court will usually send the case back before the courts to be sentences again.

    And in this case for those of you that dont quite understand the legal process. Or are just too dumb to face the facts..The right person was found guilty!! There was no wrongdoing on part of the judge.(sorry) She adhered to all of the sentencing standards and rules of thumb. So continue to wish on your appeals process. Remember it was 12 jurors who found him guilty. They did not know the victims, nor their families, the prosecutor, nor the public defender, nor the bailiff, nor the witnesses. They knew no one involved in that case. And as a matter of fact not even each other until they were called for jury duty. And by the way all that is done electronically! So guilty is guilty and “your family needs to face the facts”(ha)

  • HOMIE OF O.G. YESKA

    JUST FACE THE FACT THAT HE DID IT ALREADY..R.I.P. OG YESKA

  • Don’t get it twisted

    I like how the person that was at the courthouse everday was complainging about Alonzo’s family not ever praying for a good outcome. The person called them ghetto and said they didn’t dress appropriate.

    Then you have guys calling the kid O.G. YESKA HAHAHA I wonder if this Yeska’s family even knew about the life he lead.

  • You must have it twisted.

    Ha, you like how they called them ghetto? Nice.

    Yea, O.G. Yeska, so how bout you dont get it twisted. who are you to talk about what his family know. you dont even know his family, nor what they know. im sure they know he wasnt a saint. but hey, who is. you, ha.

    so before you start judging people and the life they lead, make sure your hands are clean.

  • truth for alex

    Alex will be home, the truth will set him free…….

  • R.I.P

    The truth will set him(Alex) free?? lol yeah right!!!! He’s where he belongs….he’ll finally be set free when he’s DEAD and then ask god to forgive him for the horrible shit that happenend to Adam and Bobby! @ Don’t get it twisted..don’t get it twisted…R.I.P OG YESKA 4-EVER!!!!!

  • Adams family for life…..

    Dear dont get it twisted…if ur gonna quote me-at least do it right..this is what i said.

    *I dont even think they respected themselves the way they came dressed to court!!*

    So i wasnt complaining i was just stating the facts…and yes we knew and know what type of person Adam/Josh/O.G. Yeska/Phate the great was…he was and is a “LEGEND”…We knew and know that he could have and would have beaten the crap out of the “shooter” but the “shooter” took the cowardly way out and had to use a weapon to defend herself…yes i said “HERSELF”…so please face the fact…the shooter is exactly where “she” belongs…in jail and most likely has already had his salad./tossed…or as u told me….HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

  • adams family

    Truth for Alex……

    Dont hold ur breath……..

  • Truth for YOU.

    He is where he is..to STAY.