Andrés Siordia plead not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday morning to one charge of murder and another of attempted murder in the Sept. 20 Mission District shooting inside Papa Potrero’s Pizza that left two dead and one injured.
The 19-year-old Siordia stood, shackled beside his newly hired private attorney V. Roy Lefcourt, and listened as Judge Loretta M. Giorgi read the charges for the murder of 41-year-old Francisco Peña. The surviving victim has been released from the hospital.
Sirordia’s lawyer responded to the charges while the suspect, who only nine days ago earned his GED, looked straight ahead at the judge in silence.
The murder charge contains language that leaves the door open for a sentencing of murder in the first degree. Both charges include gun enhancements that would add additional time to the sentencing. If convicted of the charges, the recommended sentencing would be at least 50 years to life, said Assistant District Attorney Brian Buckelew.
Hand-cuffed and dressed in red, signifying his high-security risk, Siordia was raised by his grandmother in her Mission District home, and recently worked at a recycling company while completing his GED program.
Prosecutors have not yet made a decision whether to charge Siordia for the murder of a third victim, 26-year-old Francisco Cornejo. Additional gang-related charges are being considered, and can be added at any point, said Buckelew.
While police believe the shootings to be gang-related—and connected to the Sept. 18 murder of Michael Sanchez, 21, a known Norteño gang member—family and friends of Peña and Cornejo maintain that neither was a gang member.
The other suspect, a 16-year-old who remains in custody on an unrelated charge, has not yet been charged in relation to the shootings at the pizzeria, said Buckelew.
Siordia is scheduled to return to court Oct. 28 for an evidentiary and date-setting hearing. His bail remains at $2 million.