Reedley man sentenced to 114 years for killing grandmother, father’s girlfriend on Christmas

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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REEDLEY, Calif. (KFSN) — Punishment in court Thursday as Austin Alvarez appeared before a Fresno County judge to learn his prison sentence for killing his grandmother and father’s girlfriend.

“Probation is denied, and the defendant is committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,” Fresno County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Wilson said.

In total, Alvarez will serve 114 years to life.

It is part of an agreement in which he pleaded no contest to the charges, saying he would not fight two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder any longer.

The felonies stem from a holiday tragedy in Reedley that left Magdalena Alvarez and Meisa Rashid dead.

It was Christmas Day 2021 when Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call about shots fired at a holiday gathering near East Goodfellow and South Rio Vista avenues.

Investigators say Alvarez gunned down his 58-year-old grandmother and his father’s 39-year-old girlfriend. He also fired toward his father, Gabriel Alvarez, but the shots missed his dad.

Austin Alvarez was just 23 years old when he pulled the trigger.

It is unclear why he did, and court efforts to raise doubts about his mental health have all failed. A judge previously ruled Alvarez was mentally competent.

In court on Thursday, Alvarez sat quietly and shook his leg.

Several loved ones were in the courtroom, too. They did not address the judge, but at least one broke down as the judge spoke.

“There’s no sentence I can give that’s going to bring back your loved ones,” Judge Wilson said. “I’m hoping that the sentence today gives you some peace.”

Alvarez’s family says the man has a history of mental health problems and was released from the Kings View clinic shortly before the murders.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.