A man who chased a suspect in a shooting in Temecula far from the restaurant in January, where one person was killed and two others injured, was sentenced on Tuesday, May 3, to nine months and a week in prison Was.
The judge then credited Nicolas Trichan, 22, of Corona, to seven months and nearly three weeks of service and sentenced him to two years’ probation during a hearing at the Southwest Justice Center. He pleaded guilty after the fact on March 30 to one count of felony, a felony.
Kevin Duane Hatchet Jr., 24, of Wildomar, the man accused of the January 9 shooting, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and two misdemeanor firearms charges. He is to be produced in the court on July 13.
Trichan’s attorney, Nick Kokis, said Trichan was familiar with Hatchett. They were drinking and drinking at the bar at The Bank, a Mexican restaurant in Old Town. Then there was debate. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Desmond Dias, 28, of Hemet, died when Hatchett opened fire, while people were in the courtyard.
“Nicholas felt that this argument was growing, he tried to push it,” Kokis said in an interview. “And unbeknownst to him, the gun was drawn and bullets started flying. Nicholas himself almost got shot. He was almost in shock what was happening. Then as he was on the run, the shooter said ‘Give me a ride to my car.’ ,
Trichan did this, Kokis said, knowing he was carrying the gunman, and then went home and called the sheriff’s department to tell officers what had happened. Hatchet was arrested the next day.
Kokis said, “From the beginning, (Trichan) has been remorseful.”