December 06, 2018
27, 2018, an El Dorado County Jury convicted Richard Almeda of assault with a
deadly weapon and found true the special allegation that he personally
inflicted great bodily injury. He had previously been convicted by a jury of
resisting a peace officer. Additionally, the jury convicted Justin Stice-Weatherwax of assault.
On September 16, 2017, Mr. Almeda and Mr. Stice-Weatherwax arrived uninvited at the victim's residence. A verbal confrontation ensued when the two repeatedly refused to leave the property. The confrontation turned physical when Mr. Stice-Weatherwax threw a large piece of firewood at the victim, narrowly missing his head. The victim, fearing for his safety as well as that of his family, attempted to stop any further violence. Mr. Almeda responded by stabbing the victim in the back causing significant injury to him. Both Mr. Almeda and Mr. Stice-Weatherwax fled the scene. Mr. Stice-Weatherwax was contacted shortly thereafter. Mr. Almeda was eventually taken into custody after an hours long standoff with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department SWAT team.
Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian presided over the trial and is expected to
sentence both on December 17, 2018.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jodie Jensen. The case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department as well as the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.