Damian Baxter, the 31-year-old Watsonville man convicted of killing Jesus Rocha, 33, at an apartment complex carport on Palm Avenue in 2015, was sentenced Friday to 18 years, eight months in state prison.
Baxter said “yes” in a soft voice as he rested his elbows at the defense table while Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann asked whether the defendant, clad in orange pants and shirt, understood the consequences of the conviction.
“They had the best hamburgers and snow cones, and everybody just hung out there.
The defense asked for a sentence of six years.“The attorneys have the luxury of being advocates,” Volkmann said of their arguments.This buzz about the Santa Cruz tech scene may or may not be something new; however, one thing is certain.Unlike past years, there is finally an easy way to stay on top of all the developments in our local tech community.Built in the late 1920s, the Castle had a snack bar, a restaurant, even a place to rent bathing suits and other beach supplies.“People who were not here before 1960 can’t even believe that there was ever a castle here,” said Bliss who was a teen when the Castle was demolished.
The story of the Castle – which was exactly what that, a bathhouse/restaurant modeled to mimic a medieval castle – is told in a new book titled “Santa Cruz’s Seabright,” published by Arcadia, the South Carolina-based imprint that has published hundreds of titles on local history across the country.