A Delano man was sentenced Tuesday to 105 years to life in prison for gunning down another man he believed was responsible for the death of a friend.
According to witness statements contained in court documents, Robert Dominguez shot and killed 37-year-old Victor Palomo as revenge because Palomo had fatally shot a friend of Dominguez in self-defense sometime in the past.
Last month, a jury convicted Dominguez of charges including first-degree murder.
Dominguez, 41, killed Palomo March 4 of last year at a trailer in the 1200 block of Fremont Street, the documents said. Palomo's girlfriend was inside the trailer and witnessed the shooting.
She told Delano police Dominguez fired two rounds at Palomo and yelled, "This is for my primo, I told you I would get you."
Dominguez pointed the gun at her, she told police, and said, "If you talk,you're dead." He then entered a nearby car and fled the area.
Police arrested him in the 1400 block of Belmont Street.
When police arrived at the trailer, Palomo was alive but unable to communicate. He was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center, where he later died.
An ex-girlfriend of Palomo said a man she knew as "Psycho" confronted Palomo at her residence a few months before the killing. Dominguez goes by the aliases of "Psycho," "Crazy" and "Cucoo (sic)."
The shooting occurred shortly after the ex-wife of Dominguez reported he showed up at her residence and took her 9mm Hi-Point handgun without her permission, the documents said. She told police Dominguez had previously said he wanted to kill someone she know only as "Palomo," and that this person had killed a friend of his.
Casings from Perfecta brand 9mm Luger rounds were found at the scene of the shooting, according to the documents. The ex-wife's handgun was loaded with the same type of ammunition.
Dominguez has been charged in numerous prior criminal cases, according to Kern County Superior Court records.
In 2010, he pleaded no contest to a charge of second-degree robbery and was sentenced to six years in prison. As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.