Sierra Wave Media received this official media release from Thomas L. Hardy.
CRIMINAL COMPLAINT FILED IN WYE ROAD SHOOTING INCIDENT
District Attorney Tom Hardy announced that his office has filed multiple felony charges against forty-
six year old Brandee Trujillo of Los Lunas, New Mexico, all arising out of the January 6, 2020 shooting incident at the Shell Wye Mart in Bishop.
“We received the Bishop Police Department’s initial reports on Tuesday afternoon, January 14, and
based on those reports and briefings from investigators, we determined that it was appropriate to file formal criminal charges. The complaint charges her with Attempted First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking, Attempted Robbery, Attempted Carjacking, and being an ex-Felon in possession of a firearm.
“Additionally, Ms. Trujillo has been charged with being personally armed with, and discharging, a
firearm during the commission of the crimes. If convicted of all charges and enhancements, Ms. Trujillo could be facing as much as 20 years to life in state prison.”
Despite some suggestions in yesterday’s Bishop Police Department press release, in 2018
the California Legislature made significant changes to what was commonly known as the “felony murder rule”and with those changes there is no basis, based on the state of investigation currently, to proceed with any charges based on that theory. The Police Department’s investigatory work on the case has been thorough and commendable.
Ms. Trujillo was arraigned on the charges late in the day on January 14, and entered pleas of “not
guilty”. Bail in the case was set at $500,000.00. Her case is set for a status conference on January 21, 2020 in Independence, and a preliminary hearing has been set for January 23, 2020.
The case remains under investigation, and if new or additional information comes to light, the charges
may be modified. Anyone having any information regarding the incident, and who has not already done so, is very strongly encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department.
As in any criminal case, Ms. Trujillo is presumed to be innocent until the charges are proven beyond a