Natomas bar shooter convicted of murder, faces lengthy sentence

In a trial that concluded today at Sacramento Superior Court, a jury found a man accused of murder stemming from a Natomas bar shooting guilty. 

Toese Asiata was convicted of first-degree murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. The jury also found true allegations that Asiata personally discharged a firearm causing death and great bodily injury.

On September 13, 2022,  a patron at the Cheers Sports Bar in Sacramento's Natomas neighborhood Nicholas Snead, was hosting a pool tournament and had music playing. Mr. Snead bumped into Toese Asiata while he was dancing to the music. 

In responce, Asiata drew a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun from a backpack fatally shooting Mr. Snead striking him five times. The second victim was also struck by the gunfire sustaining wounds that required lengthy hospital and nursing home stays, multiple surgeries and physical therapy. 

After shooting the victims, Asiata fled the bar and Sacramento. Sacramento police detectives learned Asiata’s identity from witnesses and reviewing video surveillance that captured the shooting. 

IN October 2022 detectives learned Asiata had been located in Hawaii and was arrested for the shooting. Asiata was extradited to California to stand trial for the charges. 

Asiata faces a maximum sentence of 72 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for July 12, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 40 before the Judge Steve White.

Photo by KATRIN BOLOVTSOVA via Pexels.   

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