Visalia man convicted of burglary, firearm charges

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Visalia man convicted of burglary, firearm charges 

VISALIA – Prosecutors with the Tulare County Superior Court recently secured convictions against Marco Gutierrez, 34, in two separate criminal cases involving firearms.

Visalia native Marco Gutierrez was convicted of first-degree burglary, two counts of assault with a firearm and two counts of resisting arrest. He faces more than eight years in prison.

At trial on May 29, 2024, the jury convicted Gutierrez of one count of first-degree residential burglary, two counts of assault with a firearm and two counts of resisting arrest. In a separate criminal case heard in a court trial on June 4, 2023, Gutierrez was found guilty of possession of an assault rifle. 

Guterriez’s crime occurred seven months ago on Oct. 27, 2023 near Visalia. Gutierrez burst inside his neighbor’s apartment armed with a rifle. Gutierrez pointed the rifle at the two female occupants and demanded to know where the boyfriend of one of the females was hiding.

After being told to leave, Gutierrez fled the scene but was contacted by law enforcement shortly after. The rifle was not recovered. While he was in the patrol car, Gutierrez slipped his cuffed hands from his back to his front. When deputies removed him to fix his positioning, Gutierrez attempted to flee a short distance. He continued to resist as he was placed back in the patrol car. One female occupant of the apartment stated that Gutierrez believed the boyfriend – who was not local and only met Gutierrez once briefly weeks before – was attempting to kill him.

Just five days before the Oct. 27 incident, another situation occurred in which Gutierrez fell through the ceiling of his neighbor’s apartment with an assault rifle after hiding in the crawlspace between the two units. Gutierrez allegedly believed he was being pursued. Police recovered the illegally modified rifle and discovered the serial number had been filed off.

Gutierrez was released on supervised own recognizance – which is a form of probation an individual is allowed to remain out of custody while their case is pending or after being convicted of a crime – and then committed the burglary and assault crime five days later with a different firearm.

Gutierrez’s sentencing is scheduled for July 10, 2024 in Superior Court, where he faces more than eight years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Katrina Brownson.

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