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June 5, 2012

Monrovia Gang Member Sentenced for Teen’s Attempted Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 5:48 am

ALHAMBRA – A Monrovia gang member convicted in February of shooting a 16-year-old boy in 2008 that left him paralyzed, was sentenced today to 40 years to life in prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Stacie Mayoras said Jimmy Santana, 23, was sentenced by Judge Candace Beason after the defendant’s family spoke and Mayoras read a statement from the victim.

“No words of hatred or evil have ever left my mouth. I’ve prayed for you and your family countless times,” the young victim wrote in a prepared statement. He was not in court. “Now I do not want you to think that I sympathize with you or I feel sorry for you in any way, although I must admit I hate that any of this had to happen…I am a strong individual and if I were to let something such as being shot devour the rest of my time living then I would consider myself to be a fool.”

Santana, a member of Monrovia Nuevo Varrio, pulled up in a car next to the victim and shouted a gang-related statement before shooting the 16-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle. The victim was paralyzed as a result of the attack. The shooting occurred on Jan. 12, 2008.

Santana was convicted Feb. 2 of one count each of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, shooting from a motor vehicle and assault with a firearm. Jurors additionally found true allegations that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to the victim and that the defendant committed the offenses to benefit a criminal street gang.

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