Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

Juan Jose Acosta-Soto, a 20-year-old Anaheim man, pleaded guilty to four counts each of attempted murder and assault with a machine gun as well as a count of discharge of a gun at an inhabited dwelling, all felonies, and admitted sentencing enhancements for furnishing a firearm.



Two other co-defendants are still awaiting trial – Edgar Nava-Ayala and Daniel Juvenal Ocampo.

Nava-Ayala, Ocampo, and Acosta-Soto were at the Sahara Theater on October 31, 2020. Ocampo and Nava-Ayala were escorted out of the club because they refused to wear face coverings. Ocampo, Nava-Ayala, and Acosta-Soto are accused of leaving and driving back to the club with a loaded Ak-47. Nava is accused of shooting at least 15 rounds into the business, injuring two employees and a customer.

Nava-Ayala, 34, of Anaheim has been charged with three felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, three felony counts of assault with an assault weapon, and one felony count of shooting into an occupied building. He has also been charged with seven felony enhancements of personal use of an assault weapon and three felony enhancements of causing great bodily injury. He faces a maximum sentence of 82 years to life in state prison if convicted on all charges.

Juvenal Ocampo, 22, of Anaheim, has been charged with three felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, three felony counts of assault with an assault weapon, and one felony count of shooting into an occupied building. He has also been charged with seven felony enhancements of supplying a firearm for the commission of a felony. Ocampo faces a maximum sentence of 21 years to life in state prison if convicted on all charges.

Three victims at the strip club sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body. One person had to undergo surgery and another suffered a shattered left scapula.

Nava-Ayala, Ocampo, and Acosta-Soto were arrested by the Anaheim Police Department on December 17, 2020. They are currently being held at the Orange County Jail on $5 million bail each.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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