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Two Men Plead No Contest in Officer Shooting Case

Francisco Sierra, 32, and Gustavo Silva, 25, both of Union City, pleaded no contest to being accessories to the shooting of an undercover Fremont cop in August 2010.

By Bay City News Service

Oakland — Two associates of a Union City gang member who's been sentenced to life in state prison for shooting and nearly killing a Fremont police officer in Oakland in 2010 pleaded no contest this week to being accessories in the case.

, a 21-year-old Union City man, was sentenced last month for shooting Fremont police Officer Todd Young in East Oakland on Aug. 27, 2010.

Barrientos, a member of the Decoto Nortenos gang, was convicted of the attempted murder of a police officer and nine other felony counts plus enhancement clauses that he was acting to benefit a gang and was involved in street terrorism.

The shooting occurred when Young and Officer Eric Tang, who are members of the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force, attempted to arrest Barrientos on an outstanding warrant.

Young spent more than seven weeks at Highland Hospital in Oakland and still hasn't returned to work but said last month that he hopes to come back to his job later this year.

Francisco Sierra, a 32-year-old Union City man who met up with Barrientos shortly after the shooting and drove him from Hayward to Union City, pleaded no contest on Monday to being an accessory and will be sentenced on March 9, prosecutor John Brouhard said.

Sierra will be placed on probation and given credit for the time he's already spent in the county jail, Brouhard said.

Gustavo Silva, a 25-year-old Union City man who drove with Barrientos to Southern California near the Mexican border, where they were arrested, pleaded no contest on Tuesday to being an accessory and will be sentenced on March 30.

Silva will be given a three-year state prison term but he will be released on March 30 because he will have accumulated enough time in jail, plus credits, to complete his sentence, Brouhard said.

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