Man convicted in fatal beating of Richmond transient back in jail

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One of three men convicted in connection with the fatal beating of a homeless woman in Richmond in 2008 is reportedly back in jail on charges of possessing a loaded gun and stolen property.

Robert Mejia, 25, a parolee wearing a GPS monitor,  was arrested Wednesday along with another man after gang unit detectives conducted parolee compliance checks in the 2900 block of Howard Street, near Doctors Medical Center, police Lt. Andre Hill told Bay City News.

The parolee recently served time in prison for his part in the fatal beating of 50-year-old Leslie Valdez, a local transient and drug addict who was accused of stealing from the men. According to a report in the Contra Costa Times, Meija, along with 24-year-old Joaquin Orozco and 21-year-old Juan Diego Mejia, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in 2009. The Mejias, who are cousins of Orozco, were each sentenced to six years in prison while Orozco, who was reportedly a drug dealer, received 12 years.

Robert Mejia’s role in the killing was to stop Valdez’s friends from attempting to intervene. The witnesses said they feared Robert Mejia because they believed he was carrying a gun, the Times reported.

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