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Greenfield gang member faces 50 years to life for murder of King City man in 2016

KING CITY, Calif. (KION) UPDATE 2/3/2023 4:05 p.m. - Monterey County District Attorney says a man involved in the 2016 murder of a King City man outside his home was convicted Friday.

John Samuel Thomas Trivino, 27 of Greenfield, was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, in the killing of Martin Heredia a 20-year-old from King City, said Pacioni.

Pacioni said, on June 7, 2016, Martin Heredia had three friends over at his family's home and had just come back from purchasing food. That's when a black pickup truck with Trivino and other fellow gang members saw Heredia and his friends as they returned home.

The gang members parked the car around the corner from the home, said Pacioni. Trivino exited the truck and headed towards the home. At the same time, Heredia went back outside to retrieve a bag of chips he left in his friend's vehicle.

Trivino fired at Heredia as he was walking back into the home, striking him and the home, said Pacioni. Heredia later died from his gunshot wounds.

Tarvino was later arrested five years later in 2021 for his part in the murder.

Trivino faces 50 years to life at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at his sentencing hearing which will be set at a later date, said Pacioni.

Another defendant in this case, Kendrix Perez, faces trial later in 2023.

Suspect in two King City homicides arrested along with two additional suspects

UPDATE 5/27/2021 4:30 p.m. King City police said they have made arrests in connection to a homicide in 2016 and one in 2017, and they believe one of the suspects was involved in both murders.

The two murders were those of Martin Heredia in 2016 and Hipolito Carreno in 2017.

As part of the investigation into the two cases, police served search warrants in the Pine Canyon area, Greenfield, and Chualar Thursday, and three suspects were arrested.

One of the suspects, identified as 25-year-old Pine Canyon resident Kendrix Perez, is believed to be involved in both murders. He was arrested on Broadway Circle and booked into the Monterey County Jail on two homicide charges.

Police also arrested 25-year-old Greenfield resident John Samuel Thomas Trivino. Investigators believe he was involved in the murder of Martin Heredia. He was found near Highway 101 and Market Street in Salinas and booked into the Monterey County Jail.

A suspect in the murder of Hipolito Carreno, identified as 22-year-old Pine Canyon resident Antonio Damian Gonzalez, was already in custody at the Monterey County Jail on unrelated charges, but now he faces a murder charge.

PREVIOUS STORY: The King City Police Department is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss arrests made in connection to 2016 and 2017 homicides.

Police said the arrests are connected to the 2016 death of Martin Heredia and the 2017 death of Hipolito Carreno.

The conference is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Hipolito Carreno (left) and Martin Heredia (right)

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