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June 30, 2017

Arrest Made in December 2016 Marijuana Grow House Murder

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Nicholas Stephan Valadez, 19, of Sacramento for the murder of 32-year-old Jessie Orozco which occurred on December 30, 2016.  Valadez was already in-custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail since February 17, 2017 on unrelated drug and weapons charges.

A little before 11:30 a.m. on December 30, 2016, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a 911 call regarding an unresponsive male victim locate inside a residence in the 5500 block of Enrico Boulevard in South Sacramento.  The victim was later identified as Jessie Orozco.

Deputies responded to the scene and located Orozco suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Inside the residence was a marijuana cultivation operation, and there appeared to be signs of forced entry into the residence.  Detectives believe robbery was the motive, and that Valadez did not act alone.

Valadez was add-booked for murder, and is currently ineligible for bail.  He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on July 5, 2017.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP.  Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


Sergeant Tony Turnbull

Sheriff’s Spokesman

Click for full size photo Nicholas Valadez, 19

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