OROVILLE, Calif. - Two Oroville men admitted to their participation in a 2020 drive-by shooting in South Oroville, according to the Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey.
Garrett Berry, 25, pled Wednesday to a felony count of Shooting at an Inhabited Residence. Billy Phianemanh, 25, pled to a felony count of Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Ramsey said.
Berry faces seven years in state prison for this case when he is sentenced on June 2, 2021, according to Ramsey. Judge Jesus Rodriguez also found Berry in violation of a prior misdemeanor DUI probation and in violation of parole for a prior felony domestic violence case on Wednesday. He remains in custody in the Butte County Jail with no bail.
Phianemanh faces a maximum of three years in county jail for this case when he is sentenced on June 30, 2021. Ramsey said Phianemanh has no previous record and remains out of custody pending his sentencing.
The drive-by shooting happened on June 11, 2020.
Oroville Police received 911 calls reporting a young man, who had been let out of a maroon-colored SUV, was standing outside of and shooting toward a residence in the 3400 block of Roseben Ave, Ramsey said. The man then got back in the passenger side of the SUV, which fled the area.
Within minutes after the shooting, Oroville Police officers located the maroon-colored SUV less than five blocks away outside of Berry’s residence. Phianemanh was found in the driver’s seat of the vehicle registered to a family member. Berry was detained just outside his residence.
After the vehicle was searched, officers said they located a semi-automatic handgun with a loaded magazine under the driver’s seat. Ramsey said investigators learned the gun was stolen. Phianemanh’s fingerprints were later found on the weapon. Evidence indicated after the shooting Berry had passed the gun to Phianemanh.
Back at the scene of the shooting, officers discovered the home on Roseben Ave. was struck four times and was occupied at the time. Fired casings found outside the Roseben residence were matched to the recovered gun. Bullets penetrated the door of the residence, but luckily hit no one inside. Ramsey said the shooting was not random and officers suspected a gang motivation for the shooting.