SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with involuntary manslaughter after a teen was shot in the defendant's home. Matthew Jacob Granados, 21, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter by a lawful act in an unlawful manner with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison. He is being held on $75,000 bail and is scheduled for a continued arraignment on Sept. 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
The defendant's father, Alexander Christopher Granados, 41, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of being an accessory to involuntary manslaughter after the fact. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail. He is being held on $25,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 15, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Sept. 4, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Matthew Granados is accused of being in his room in his Santa Ana home on Hazard Street with the victim, 16-year-old Alex Ramirez. The defendant is accused of handling a firearm in a careless manner, which resulted in a single shot firing into Ramirez's torso. The victim died as a result of the gunshot wound.
A person on the property called 911 and Matthew Granados is accused of fleeing the scene prior to the arrival of first responders. Alexander Granados is accused of making misleading statements about the shooting to Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officers in order to aid Matthew Granados in avoiding arrest.
SAPD arrested Alexander Granados on the morning of Sept. 5, 2016.
Matthew Granados turned himself in to the Tustin Police Department the evening of Sept. 6, 2016, and was transported to SAPD. The investigation is ongoing.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
*Defendant's father was arraigned for making misleading statements to the police after the fact
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16CF2325 / September 8, 2016