This morning in the 226th District Court, Judge Sid Harle sentenced Jose Ramos Mercado, age 41, to 50 years in prison for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon resulting in Serious Bodily Injury to a Child.
On August 30, 2014, Mercado opened fire on a vehicle driven by his girlfriend and containing his girlfriend’s two children, aged 6 and 11 years old. The girlfriend was not injured. The 11-year-old suffered two grazing gunshot wounds to her head; and the 6-year-old suffered six gunshot wounds and injuries including a fractured right arm, a gunshot wound to his face at mouth level, and a gunshot wound where the bullet lodged at the base of his spine. The remaining three rounds entered various parts of his torso and legs. The shooting, which occurred in the 200 block of Anton Drive, was captured on surveillance video. Mercado then took the girlfriend’s vehicle and remained on the run for days before being captured by SAPD on September 2, 2014.
“By the grace of God, these two innocent children survived this horrific shooting,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “A 50-year sentence is just punishment for Mr. Mercado who carelessly shot into a vehicle knowing there were children inside of it.”
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon resulting in Serious Bodily Injury to a Child is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Due to the defendant’s prior felony convictions, the punishment range for this offense was 15-99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Prosecutor Caitlin Thomas, Advocate Yadi Tamez and Investigator Steve Simpson, all of the Child Abuse Unit, handled the case in the 226th District Court.