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    People v. Isaiah Ramirez Alexander

    Santa Barbara Case No. 22CR01253

    Santa Barbara County District Attorney John T. Savrnoch announced on December 15 that Isaiah Ramirez Alexander, a 36- year-old resident of Santa Barbara, California, was sentenced to 26 years plus 100 years to life in State Prison by Judge Hill in Department 6 of the Santa Barbara Superior Court. Mr. Alexander was previously found guilty by a jury of 2nd Degree Murder, Shooting at an Inhabited Vehicle, Residential Burglary, and Commercial Burglary. Mr. Alexander was also convicted of various special allegations and enhancements including: discharging a firearm causing death, two out-on-bail enhancements, and having two prior strike (violent offense) convictions.

    The charges stemmed from various incidents occurring February 9th through February 14th of 2022. On February 9th, Mr. Alexander burglarized a residential apartment in the city of Santa Barbara. The burglary led to a violent confrontation the next day, on February 10th, at Pacifica Suites Hotel in Goleta, where Mr. Alexander shot and killed 43-year-old Richard Cardona. The confrontation led to a shootout inside one of the hotel rooms, after which Mr. Cardona attempted to flee but was chased down and killed in his vehicle by Alexander. Alexander subsequently fled the scene, attempted to conceal the murder weapon, and separately disposed of the firearm magazine and ammunition. Alexander also burglarized the Riviera store and was arrested in possession of stolen property at La Quinta Inn on February 14, 2022. At the time of these offenses, Alexander was out on bail on two other cases, where he is still pending charges for carjacking, attempted robbery, vehicle theft, and identity theft.

    District Attorney John Savrnoch stated, “Thank you to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s personnel led by Detective Maxwell for superb work on a difficult investigation and the Prosecution Team led by Senior Deputy Kevin Weichbrod for their work in keeping a violent criminal off of our streets.”

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