November 17, 2017
On July 19, 2017, Fabio Soto pled guilty to sales of cocaine with one prior. Despite the objections of the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office, Mr. Soto was released pending sentencing so that he could get his affairs in order.
A little over a month later, on August 21, 2017, Mr. Soto was pulled over by El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Thomsen. A search of Mr. Soto's vehicle revealed over 120 grams of cocaine hidden in various parts of his vehicle. El Dorado County District Attorney's Office Investigator Jim Applegate and his K-9 partner Oden assisted in the search. Like in his previous case, Soto was found to be in possession of a digital scale and unused packaging.
On November 3, 2017, Fabio Soto again pled guilty to sales of cocaine. This time he admitted two prior cocaine sales convictions (including the one he had not yet been sentenced on). Per the negotiated disposition, the Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian sentenced Mr. Soto to eleven years. Pursuant to the Realignment Act (Proposition 47), Mr. Soto will serve his sentence in county jail, rather than state prison.