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News - August 20, 2014

Menlo Park man sentenced to 17 years in prison

by Sandy Brundage

A 21-year-old Menlo Park man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for multiple felony convictions related to a shooting and resisting arrest in connection with a traffic altercation.

Earlier this year, a jury found Jaime Demecio Romero guilty of felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, resisting arrest, seriously injuring a peace officer, illegal possession of a gun, and using a firearm while committing a felony, according to court records.

On Aug. 13, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mallach sentenced the defendant to 17 years and four months in prison, with credit for 404 days served. He was ordered to pay a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution to the victims, and $350 in fines.

Mr. Romero was arrested last year after shooting a 24-year-old man who allegedly tried to attack him with a baseball bat during a traffic altercation on Willow Road, according to the police report.

Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) officers, who were already in the area on an unrelated case, attempted to detain Mr. Romero. The ensuing struggle left one officer with an injured hand.

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