San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
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
July 20, 2022
CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: elisa.bubak@sjcda.org

Defendant Sentenced in Murder, Carjacking Case

Today, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that defendant Andrew Whitlach, 20, was sentenced to prison for the 2018 murder and carjacking of Juan Hernandez-Dominguez.

“The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office continues to hold those who commit harm accountable,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “Thank you to Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau for seeking justice for the victim and his family.”

On August 15, 2018, Juan Hernandez-Dominguez was working at the Panda Express on Fremont St. in Stockton. He left at approximately 1:45AM to where he was parked behind the restaurant. Unbeknownst to the victim, the defendant and a fellow juvenile, age 13, were lying in wait to rob the victim of his car keys. The defendant had previously given the juvenile a revolver and instructed him to shoot the victim in the leg if the victim resisted. During the initial robbery attempt, the victim refused to give his keys to the two juveniles. The victim was then pistol-whipped by the juvenile while the defendant prevented the victim from escaping. The juvenile shot the victim in the head and left in the victim’s vehicle. The pair then crashed the vehicle in the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot off Florin Road later that morning and were apprehended by Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

Due to the defendant’s age at the time of the crime, Andrew Whitlach went before a juvenile court judge, who granted the District Attorney’s Office’s motion to transfer the case to Superior Court. The defendant was tried as an adult. On December 16, 2021, a jury found Andrew Whitlach guilty of first-degree murder and carjacking. On July 18, 2022, the Honorable Judge Mallett sentenced the defendant to 25 years to life in state prison on the murder charge and four years state prison on the carjacking charge.