Three sentenced for roles in Galena-area murder
Three people involved in the June 24, 2018, murder of a man in the Galena area have been sentenced.
Quentin Daniel Moore, 23, of Reno and Jamil Geronimo, 24, of Sparks were both convicted of murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Paul Dobbins in the White Cedar Drive and Galena Meadows Road area.
Both received the sentence of life in prison with a chance for parole. They were also convicted of other charges. Moore will be eligible for parole after 40 years and Geronimo will be eligible for parole after 51 years.
Tyler Matthew Bautista Hernandez, 22, of Sparks was the driver in the getaway vehicle. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison and will be eligible after 19 months.
Early on June 24, 2018, the Reno Police Department was called to the Loving Cup Bar on California Avenue where three people had been shot. Surveillance video showed all three defendants there and Geronimo shot a handgun several times down the hall, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office noted.
A half hour later the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Galena Meadows Drive and White Cedar Drive area after the three defendants, who were armed, confronted several people. Moore and Geronimo fired 20 shots from two handguns at several people in the party, hitting one Dobbins in the head and killing him and striking a second person in the arm and hand.
At least two houses also were struck by the gunfire, the district attorney’s office said. After the shooting, the defendants fled the Galena neighborhood and went swimming in a local hotel-casino’s pool. Later that day, the defendants fled to California.
At sentencing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Zach Young said all three defendants presented a significant threat to the community and deserved severe sentences. Young noted the first shooting was in a crowded downtown bar where innocent patrons were simply socializing and second shooting was in a residential neighborhood while families and children slept. The defendants showed no remorse when they went swimming.
At the end of the hearing Moore had an outburst at the victim’s family, yelling disparaging comments about him and Moore had to be restrained by deputies.
Two of the three defendants charged with murder in the Galena area in June 2018 are guilty of murder, a Washoe District Court jury decided Friday, October 11, 2019.
Quentin Moore and Jamil Geronimo are both guilty of first degree murder with a deadly weapon in the killing of Paul Dobbins.
Moore is also guilty of battery with a deadly weapon and challenging someone to fight. Geronimo is also guilty of battery with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and discharging a firearm in a building.
A third defendant, Tyler Hernandez, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter but acquitted of battery with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
Moore returns to court Monday, October 14, 2019 to go to trial before the same jury on a charge of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. After that, the jury will sentence him on the murder charge.
Geronimo and Hernandez waived being sentenced by a jury. Geronimo is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Scott Freeman on January 8, 2020. Hernandez's bail has been set at $100,000.
The murder culminated a series of incidents that included a shooting at a California Avenue bar where two bystanders received minor injuries.
The jury received the case late Thursday morning and resumed deliberations Friday.