Man Sentenced To 29 Years In Prison

A 36-year-old man has been sentenced for a shooting incident that led to a lengthy 3 county chase last Halloween. On that morning Tehama County Deputies responded to reports of an active shooter at a home on Highway 36 west of Red Bluff. The caller said she and three other people were inside the Bilich family house and under siege from a gunman firing at them. The dispatcher could hear the barrage of shots in the background. The shooter was identified as Ian MichaelGgonzales, the ex-boyfriend of a 35-year-old woman in the house. He had arrived at the home and burst inside, brandishing a handgun at his ex-girlfriend and trying to kidnap her. Gonzales was physically prevented from taking the woman by 71-year-old Daniel Bilich. Gonzales then returned to his truck and pulled out a high capacity AK-47 style rifle and started firing it into the house, but none of the people were hit. He forced his way back inside to attempt the kidnapping again, but the family had armed themselves and when they confronted him he fled in his Ford truck. On his way out he said he was going to have a gun battle with police if they tried to capture him. Meanwhile multiple law enforcement agencies were rushing to the location but he was gone when they got there. An area search was done with help from a CHP helicopter, but the pickup could not be found. Later in the day a Butte County Deputy spotted the truck near Oroville and a pursuit started, which continued into Yuba County and then Nevada County, where a spike strip was used, causing Gonzales to crash and roll the truck. He was trapped in the overturned pickup and needed extrication by rescue personnel. Gonzales has been convicted of attempted murder with special allegations, as well as assault, and was sentenced last week to 29 years in state prison.


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