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Lazy 5 shooting verdict: Guilty of first degree murder

Giovanni Gonzalez-Mariscal
Giovanni Gonzalez-Mariscal(Washoe Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 5:32 PM PST|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:26 PM PDT
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JULY 22, 2021 UPDATE: A 20-year-old Sun Valley man is guilty of the fatal shooting in December 2019 at Lazy 5 Regional Park.

A Washoe District Court jury found Giovanni Gonzalez-Mariscal guilty of first degree murder in the death of Robert DeCoite, 20, of Sparks.

Gonzalez-Mariscal left the country and was arrested in Mexico. He was brought back to the United States in September 2020.

UPDATE OCT. 7, 2:10 P.M. The man suspected in a fatal shooting at Lazy 5 Regional Park in December 2019 is now in custody at the Washoe County Jail.

Giovanni Gonzalez-Mariscal, 19, was booked on October 7, 2020. He is the prime suspect in the shooting that left 20-year-old Robert DeCoite of Sparks dead.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said Gonzalez-Mariscal was arrested in Mexico last month. He was flown back to the United States on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 and had been awaiting extradition from California to Nevada.

Gonzalez-Mariscal faces an open murder charge.

“The arrest of this fugitive is a testament to the tenacity of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives working this case and helps bring closure for the victim’s family,” said Sheriff Balaam. “This could not have happened; however, without our tremendous partners – the U.S. Marshals Service, law enforcement officers stationed in Mexico, and the brave individuals who provided information so we could locate our suspect, who shot a man in broad daylight.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The family of Robert DeCoite, 20, of Sparks is offering a $5,500 reward for information that can help the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office investigation into DeCoite’s shooting death on December 2, 2019.

The family's reward is separate from a $2,500 reward offered by Secret Witness for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case.

The shooting happened at Lazy 5 Regional Park in Sparks near the Spanish Springs Library.

Detectives are looking for Giovanni Gonzales-Mariscal, 18, of Sun Valley.

The family hopes that their reward will lead to information on Gonzales-Mariscal's location.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case #WC19-6250.

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