OAKLAND -- A 43-year-old Oakland man was sentenced Friday to 75 years to life in state prison for crimes over two days in 2012, including shooting at an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy and holding another man hostage at gunpoint for hours.

Tomas Orona, an iron worker, was convicted by jury in May of 10 felonies for the June 1 and June 4, 2012, crime spree in which three people were shot at, one of whom was wounded.

Alameda County deputy district attorney Timothy Burr said that Orona shot at the first victim on June 1, 2012, but the bullet only pierced the victim's shirt. The shooting happened outside the house of Orona's female friend on the 500 block of High Street, where three days later Orona held a man hostage for about eight hours.

Burr said Orona shot at the first man because he believed he had something to do with his friend's upcoming eviction.

He used the same revolver to shoot an acquaintance in the leg at an Oakland homeless encampment on June 4, 2012.

Burr told jurors that Orona forced the wounded man into a stolen car and held him against his will while he hunted for heroin. That victim escaped before Orona next led Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Duane Fisher on a high-speed chase that ended outside the High Street home of Orona's friend.

Orona exited the vehicle and acted like he was going to surrender before firing a shot at Fisher and breaking into the friend's home, Burr said.


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He held the 29-year-old woman, her 5-year-old son and their 50-year-old male visitor hostage at gunpoint for a while before letting the woman and child go.

He let the man go about nearly eight hours later upon surrendering to police.

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