Monday in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Gary Paden sentenced Joseph Ulloa, age 33, of Porterville, to 25 years-to-life in prison for murder. On October 17, 2018, a jury convicted Ulloa of the second-degree murder and assault on a child resulting in the death of his 3-month-old son Jackson. 

In the morning hours of September 23, 2010, Joseph Ulloa, wanting to go back to bed after the baby’s mother went to work, shook the baby and threw him on the bed and couch in their apartment numerous times. 

Ulloa then strapped the baby in a bouncing chair and went back to sleep. During this time, the baby went into full cardiac arrest. After Ulloa awoke, he took the unresponsive baby to a neighbor, who called 911. 

The baby remained on a ventilator at Valley Children’s Hospital until he passed on October 14, 2010. Doctors discovered the infant had suffered severe bi-lateral retinal hemorrhages, subdural hemorrhages in the brain, a traumatic brain injury, and two posterior fractured ribs.

TCSO detectives track down Stockton manslaughter suspect in Orosi

Last Thursday, Officers with the Stockton Police Department contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and asked for help finding Rogelio Gonzalez Valencia. Stockton Police said Valencia had an active homicide warrant for vehicular manslaughter and was possibly staying in the Tulare County area.

The next day, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office CATTCH Unit developed information that he was possibly in the Orosi area. Detectives went to a home in the 12800 block of Ave 416 and found Valencia there. He was taken into custody on his homicide warrant from the Stockton Police Department without incident and booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of wanted fugitives is encouraged to call Sergeant Steve Sanchez with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6211. Or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email: tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

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