On August 30, 2011, a Tulare County jury returned a verdict convicting
Frank Nanez, 19 of Visalia, of first-degree murder and two counts of
attempted murder. The jury also found true the special circumstance that
the crime was committed by an active gang member with the specific
intent to benefit a criminal street gang. The jury also found true the
special allegation of personal use of a firearm causing death. The jury
trial began on August 22, 2011. The case was presided over by the
Honorable Judge Kathryn Montejano.
On July 31, 2009 at approximately 7:30 p.m., victim Angel Guzman (21)
was standing outside his residence in Visalia talking to his cousin and
his cousinís friend. Angel Guzman was not involved in any gangs, but his
cousinís friend was a Sureno gang member. At that time, Norteno gang
member Frank Nanez ran up to this residence. Frank Nanez pulled out a
handgun and started shooting at the three victims as they ran for their
lives. A bullet hit Angel Guzman in the back of the head and killed him.
No one else was hit. Frank Nanez continued to run to a getaway vehicle
and got inside, fleeing the crime scene. Frank Nanez was arrested
several days later.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 26, 2011. The defendant faces a
state prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
The case was investigated by Sergeant Curtis Brown of the Visalia Police
Department. Detective Luma Fahoum of the Visalia Police Department
served as the gang expert. District Attorney Investigator Eric Velasquez
conducted the follow-up investigations. The case was prosecuted by
Deputy District Attorney Todd Zocchi.
Contact Person: Assistant District Attorney, Shani Jenkins (559)