Brandon Pacheco, the 25-year-old man shot in the head and killed by a Turlock homeowner on Tuesday morning while allegedly trespassing and stealing, has a previous criminal record including conviction of grand theft in March and an arrest for commercial burglary earlier this month.
“We have had previous contacts with him,” said Turlock Police Department spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis in regards to Pacheco.
According to the Turlock police activity log, Brandon Pacheco and Blake Pacheco, 20 of Turlock, were arrested on March 11 after being found with a stolen catalytic converter and in possession of methamphetamine.
The Stanislaus County Superior Court convicted Pacheco of grand theft after he plead guilty later that month. He was also deferred to a drug treatment program for the methamphetamine charge.
On July 1, Pacheco was arrested at approximately 2:22 p.m. for commercial burglary at Bob’s Muffler, located in the 400 block of N. Center Street in Turlock.
Pacheco was shot at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, in the 1100 block of Dianne Street. Homeowner Robin Boyer, 58 of Turlock, admitted to responding officers that he shot Pacheco after he had reason to believe the young man was trespassing and stealing from his property.
According to Lewis, Boyer had seen Pacheco trespass onto his property several times in the past. After confronting the alleged thief, Boyer told investigators that an altercation broke out between the two, leading to Pacheco's shooting.
Responding officers found Pacheco dead with gun wounds to the head in an open field separated from, yet nearby, Boyer’s residence. The Turlock Police Department also said that a shotgun was recovered from the scene.
The case will be sent to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office where a decision will be made whether or not charges will be filed against Boyer.
Pacheco’s younger sister, Linzey Pacheco, who was involved in a drive-by shooting in April, says that her brother was wrongfully killed. Pacheco’s family has publicly said they hope to see charges pressed against Boyer.
“He was a good hard working kid that never would hurt anybody and was unarmed, and viciously mowed down,” Linzey Pacheco posted on her Facebook page. “He had a lot of family and a lot of friends that loved him. And he was too young to die like this.”
TurlockCityNews.com could not reach Boyer for comment.
Trespasser Shot Dead Identified, Sister Says He Was Wrongfully Killed