Two Co-Defendants Convicted of Accessory After Fact
A Yolo County jury returned Monday with guilty verdicts for Michael Reyes, Lisa Humble and Liberty Landowski, in the culmination of a lengthy Yolo County trial.
Michael Reyes, 25, faces life in prison after being found guilty of Attempted Murder, Assault with a Semi-Automatic Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, and multiple Gang and Gun Enhancements.
The jury also convicted co-defendants, 22-year-old Lisa Humble and 21-year-old Liberty Landowski, of Accessory After the Fact with a Gang Enhancement. Both Humble and Landowski are, like Reyes, from West Sacramento. The jury found them not guilty on two other crimes charged in the case.
On November 18, 2014, at around 8:00 a.m., the two victims were riding their bikes in a residential neighborhood in West Sacramento. Mr. Reyes confronted one of the victims, who was a dropout gang member and who had previously been selling drugs and had had a physical altercation with Mr. Reyes’ step-father.
Mr. Reyes waited until the victims had their backs turned and were riding away before he began shooting directly at one of the victims. Reyes shot a total of six times and hit one of the victims with three of the bullets. That victim was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He suffered from three gun shot wounds, one of which went directly though the middle of his back, cut his aorta and lodged in his lung. He nearly died.
According to a press release from the DA’s office, Ms. Landowski had driven Mr. Reyes in her vehicle at the time and fled the scene after the shooting. Ms. Landowski switched cars and hid the Mustang she had driven, which has not been located.
According to the press release, “Jail calls intercepted after Humble and Landowski were apprehended showed that they were still actively concealing the Mustang after their arrest while in custody. Witnesses testified at trial that Humble and Landowski sent Reyes audio recordings of police scanner information via e-mail after the shooting in addition to renting a motel room in Sacramento to conceal Reyes’ location after the shooting. When contacted by police at the motel room, Humble had the gun that Reyes used to shoot the victim.”
Deputy DA Amanda Zambor was quoted in the release.
“This is a prime example of why gang crimes need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Ms. Zambor. “Such brazen crimes, committed in broad daylight, do not just affect gang members but all of those around them in the community.”
The three defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on August 31, 2015. Mr. Reyes faces 68 years to life, while the two co-defendants face anywhere from probation to seven years in prison.
Friday’s Closing Arguments by Harald Kirn
Closing arguments were completed Friday in the attempted murder trial of Reyes, Humble and Landowski.
Michael Reyes’ attorney worked simply to convince the jury of the unfairness of the gang enhancements placed on the charges against his client, while the attorneys for Ms. Humble and Ms. Landowski attacked the credibility of two of the prosecution’s key witnesses. About Detective Hererra and the woman who witnessed the shooting personally, the attorneys called the detective overzealous in his pursuit of gang crime, and the woman a drunk.
The attorneys also claimed that their clients’ apparent aid to the defendant and Eric Lovett did not have to do with their gang affiliation, but with their life-long immersion in the “street-life.” They called attention to the testimony of Michael Reyes himself, claiming it honest and forthright, and that the evidence was faulty at best.
The attorneys for the women called for a dropping of all charges.
The prosecution, on the other hand, used statistics regarding Detective Hererra’s classification of criminals as gang members, and the lack of alcohol on the woman’s person, to draw the attention of the jury to what DDA Zambor perceived to be faulty reasoning.
Zambor described the testimony of Michael Reyes as aloof, cocky and evasive, and tried to shift the attention of the jury back to the evidence she had presented, rather than the testimony of the defendant, alleging that the women involved knew exactly what they were doing when they invited the two men to their North Highlands/Sacramento hotel room. She called for them all to be found guilty on all charges.