Man sentenced to life for Visalia apartment murder

A Visalia man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2020 shooting death of another man at an apartment complex

VISALIA – A Visalia judge rendered his sentence to a convicted murder who left his victim in an apartment for several days after shooting and killing him.

(Tulare County District Attorney's Office)

Andrew Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or early release on May 14 for his role in the 2020 shooting death of a 33-year-old man at an apartment complex in Visalia. Hernandez, 29, was convicted of first-degree murder and must serve at least 26 years before he is eligible for parole consideration.

According to court records, on Nov. 28, 2020, the victim and co-defendant Curtis Williams were engaged in an argument in the victim’s apartment when Hernandez entered the residence holding his waistband. Surveillance video showed Hernandez giving a gun to Williams, who then shot the victim in the chest. Both men fled the apartment, and the victim was not discovered until several days later.

Hernandez was arrested in early Dec. 2020, while Williams fled to the Sacramento area. Williams was eventually apprehended on Feb. 9, 2021, after a rooftop and neighborhood pursuit by law enforcement.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sean Sangree.

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