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Boothe Road killing nets 15-year sentence

Wqas Khan, 31 of Stockton, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to state prison for a shooting that happened a decade ago on Boothe Road in Ceres.

Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Jeff Laugero prosecuted the case.

At 1:22 a.m. on November 22, 2009, Ryan Steven Flores, 33, was shot and killed in front of his residence in the 2000 block of Boothe Road during a robbery. An investigation involving multiple agencies ed to Khan as the killer.

On Thursday Khan pleaded no contest to charges of voluntary manslaughter and robbery and admitted using a gun during the crimes. Upon entry of the guilty/no contest pleas, Judge Shawn Bessey sentenced Khan to serve 15 years in state prison.

During the course of the prosecution, Khan was also charged and convicted in federal court for drug trafficking and received a concurrent 10-year sentence in federal prison. The convictions constitute “strike” offenses under California’s “Three Strikes Law” that may be used to increase any sentence Khan receives for a future felony conviction.

Days after the killing, Ceres Police investigators, assisted by the Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force members and personnel from the Stockton Police, served a search warrant at a Stockton address where they found two handguns, approximately two pounds of cocaine, 13 grams of heroin, a pound of methamphetamine, and a half pound of marijuana.

Flores, 33, was a parolee from the Milpitas area who was living in Ceres. At the time of his murder Flores had been wanted by parole agents for four years.

The victim sustained numerous gunshot wounds to his torso.

 Police tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

Earwitness David Signer said that he heard two men jumping a fence after hearing five shots ring out.