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Siblings involved in Auburn motel shooting sentenced

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Two Lincoln residents connected to an Auburn Super 8 Motel shooting that left one man wounded are spending some time in Placer County Jail. Ruthie Ann Barnes, 21, and Zane Aaron Davis, 29, were each sentenced Monday to five years formal probation, according to Ted Peterson, supervising deputy district attorney of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office Felony Unit. Barnes was sentenced to 300 days in Placer County Jail as a condition of her probation, and Davis was sentenced to a year in jail, Peterson said. Peterson said several conditions of their probations include no contact with the victim in the case, no possession of firearms, drug and alcohol testing, no possession of drugs, search and seizure, no traveling outside of California and a theft education class. The two are also ineligible for alternative sentencing, Peterson said. “They have already started that term,” Peterson said. “They will get credit for the time they have already served and they will just finish out their sentences.” The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested Barnes and Davis Nov. 29 after Davis shot four shotgun shells at Barnes ex-boyfriend Andres Lopez, who was 36 at the time of the incident, in Auburn’s Super 8 Motel. When the Sheriff’s Office arrested Barnes and Davis, half-siblings, Barnes allegedly told deputies she met Lopez at the motel to buy drugs from him, and when she became afraid he wouldn’t let her leave, she called Davis for help. Davis arrived and allegedly shot out the motel window, and then fought with Lopez, shooting the gun three more times in the process. Lopez was arrested on an outstanding San Diego County burglary warrant, but was not charged by Placer County and was released. In April Barnes pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of a deadly weapon, both felonies. Davis pleaded no contest to felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime and shooting in an inhabited dwelling. Peterson said the sentences appear to be an appropriate resolution to the case. “We are happy with the resolution,” he said. “This is an agreed upon resolution. The case had some difficulties. The victim was uncooperative. He’s not a resident of this state.” Barry Zimmerman, of Auburn, Barnes’ attorney, said he was satisfied with the sentence. “I think it was a good result for Ms. Barnes and her brother,” Zimmerman said. “This case has a lot of tragedy surrounding it with a young woman … who really had done well, and then she got involved with a dangerous individual, (Lopez), and that individual had a substantial criminal history, and gang affiliations and he was wanted. And she couldn’t get away from him emotionally or physically in some respects.” Zimmerman said Barnes is a former high school cheerleader and he hopes she will be able to lead a more productive life again. Dirk Manoukian, of Concord, Davis’ attorney, said his client has said he that he thought his sister was in real danger before the shooting. Manoukian said Davis didn’t have any prior criminal history like this, and plans to lead a law-abiding life after he has served his time in jail. “(Zane) was drawn into (the situation) with some noble ideas, but just went about it in a very dangerous way, which he now recognizes,” Manoukian said. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com