San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
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TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2019
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Manteca Man Sentenced For The Senseless Murder Of Young Man He Met Online

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Nirvair Dhillon, age 37, was sentenced on Monday, November 18, 2019, to 40 years to life in state prison for the November 5, 2017 murder of victim Ian Brooks. The victim Brooks was shot and killed by Dhillon at a residence on Union Road in Manteca, California in the early morning hours of November 5, 2017.

“Senseless gun violence is a scourge on our society,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “A young man has lost his life for no reason other than the cruel and malicious whim of an individual who had no business being in possession of a firearm.”

On June 6, 2019, a San Joaquin County jury convicted the defendant of the following charges:

  • Penal Code §187 - Second Degree Murder
  • Penal Code §12022.53(d) - Personally and Intentionally Discharging a Firearm during the Commission of the Crime Resulting in Death
  • Penal Code §29800 - Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Penal Code §422 – Criminal Threats
  • Penal Code §243 (e) - Domestic Violence Battery

According to court records, on November 5, 2017, Dhillon invited Brooks to Dhillon’s Manteca apartment that he shared with his girlfriend. Previously, Dhillon had met Brooks through an online personals section and the two arranged a sexual tryst between Dhillon’s girlfriend and Brooks.

After Brooks arrived at the apartment, he and Dhillon’s girlfriend engaged in sex with Dhillon present. Later in the night when Brooks attempted to leave, Dhillon began to argue with him. Soon after the argument began, Dhillon fatally shot Brooks.

The girlfriend was able to extricate herself from Dhillon and call police from the bedroom closet.

When police arrived, Dhillon refused to come out and a four-hour standoff ensued with the Manteca Police Department SWAT. Eventually, Dhillon surrendered. Brooks was found lying in the apartment fatally wounded and he was later declared dead.

The Honorable Judge Xapuri Villapudua sentenced Dhillon to 40 years to life for the murder conviction, and an additional consecutive 8 months for the criminal threats conviction.

The case was prosecuted by San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Edward McGarvey. The District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the Manteca Police Department Investigations Division, and Detectives Josh Gutierrez and Daniel Peters, in particular, for their hard work and dedication in investigating this case.