July 07, 2017
On July 6th, 2017, a jury made up of eight women and four men found Nalana Nicole Omega guilty of first degree felony murder in connection to the death of Pete Carl Thomas.
Mr. Thomas was found stabbed to death in his home on Sandridge Road on February 3, 2015. An investigation by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of Omega and her three accomplices, Raul Gonzalez, Jr., Roberto Barrera, and Danielle Marie Weed on February 18, 2015.
The prosecution of the four suspects was severed into three separate trials resulting in first degree felony murder convictions for all four suspects. Barrera and Gonzalez were tried and convicted first, followed by the trial and conviction of Danielle Marie Weed. Omega's trial was the third and final trial bringing Mr. Thomas' murderers to justice. Weed, Gonzalez and Barrera are scheduled to be sentenced on July 14th while Omega's sentencing date is scheduled for July 20th.
District Attorney Vern Pierson stated, "Deputy District Attorney Dale Gomes' dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of Mr. Thomas and his family are commendable. Mr. Gomes pushed these cases to trial in rapid succession, convicting all four defendants over the course of three separate jury trials in less than six weeks time."