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January 24, 2013

Pizza Deliveryman Murderer Sentenced

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 1:49 am

LOS ANGELES – A 19-year-old man was sentenced today to more than 77 years to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of a 25-year-old pizza deliveryman in Silver Lake, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Jose Beltran, convicted of the second-degree murder of Juan Vazquez and the attempted murder of two of his friends, was sentenced by Judge Clifford Klein, who called the Aug. 7, 2011, murder “a callous killing.”

Deputy District Attorney Amy Ashvanian with the Hardcore Gang Division prosecuted the case.

Beltran was convicted in September of fatally shooting Vazquez, who was driving two co-workers home from work about 5 a.m. The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Silver Lake Boulevard.

Three people addressed the judge prior to sentencing, including the two men who were riding with Juan Vazquez at the time and narrowly escaped being shot.

“His mother has so much pain,” said Luis Lopez, who addressed the court through a Spanish interpreter. “(Beltran) should be locked up.”

January 15, 2013

Leader of Azusa Street Gang Involved in Drug Trafficking and Hate Crimes Targeting African-Americans Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:46 pm

LOS ANGELES – A “keyholder” who oversaw the criminal activities of the Azusa 13 street gang and its long-running plot to violate the civil rights of African-Americans in the City of Azusa was sentenced late this afternoon to 235 months in federal prison

Santiago Rios, also known as “Chico,” 48, was sentenced this afternoon by United States District Judge Gary A. Feess.

Rios was the lead defendant in a federal racketeering indictment that targeted the Azusa 13 criminal enterprise. In June 2011, a federal grand jury returned a 24-count indictment that charged a total of 51 defendants with a host of crimes, including conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and conspiracy to violate the civil rights of African-Americans. Rios, who was the keyholder – or ultimate leader – of the gang in 2008 and 2009, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to both conspiracy charges.

“The sentencing of the gang’s ‘keyholder’ is another giant step forward for the residents of an area who lived for too long under the specter of gang violence and racial animosity,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “Together with the Azusa Police Department and our partners in federal law enforcement, we took action to protect the civil rights of all the residents of Asuza, and we will continue to aggressively defend those rights, and those residents, from harm.”

January 12, 2013

Alleged Shooter Charged in Venice Pastor’s Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 5:06 am

LOS ANGELES – A reputed gang member suspected of fatally shooting a Compton youth minister in Venice last June has been charged with his murder, along with a third accomplice, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Teresa Magno with the Hardcore Gang Division said Hopeton Parsley, 23 (dob 8-2-89), was charged Wednesday with being the shooter in the murder of Oscar Duncan on June 4, 2012.

Parsley, who was arrested Thursday by LAPD officers, is scheduled to be arraigned today at Los Angeles Superior Court, Airport Division, in Department 144. Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $2 million.

Parsley, a reputed Playboy Gangster Crip, was among a group of men who allegedly drove up to Oscar Duncan and his girlfriend, who were standing on a Venice street. Authorities say the assailants shouted a gang name before Parsley allegedly fired a single shot, striking the 23-year-old Duncan in the head. Duncan, who was not a gang member, was involved in gang intervention in addition to being a youth minister.

Parsley joins co-defendant Kevin Dwayne Green, 29, aka Baby Skull, and Nichole Sheran, 18 (dob 10-24-94) in case SA 080993. All three are charged with one count of murder with gun use and street gang allegations. The complaint alleges Parsley, who has prior convictions, personally discharged a handgun.

Green, who was charged in June with murder and a separate count of second degree robbery that allegedly occurred on May 21 along with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, returns to Department D on Jan. 28 for a pretrial conference. Sheran, who pleaded not guilty to the single count of murder, returns to court Feb. 20 for preliminary hearing setting.

If convicted, Parsley faces a minimum of 50 years to life in prison.

January 10, 2013

18th Street Gangmember Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Racketeering Offenses Related to Fatal Shooting of 23-Day-Old Infant

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 8:18 pm

LOS ANGELES – A member of the 18th Street criminal street gang was sentenced to life without parole in federal prison for his conviction on racketeering offenses arising out of the September 2007 shooting of a street vendor near MacArthur Park that resulted in the murder of a 23-day-old infant.

Javier Perez, 35, received a life sentence from United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson. There is no parole in the federal system.

Perez was one of four defendants – all of whom were members or associates of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos clique of the 18th Street gang (the “CLCS Organization”) – who were found guilty of federal racketeering offenses last May.

The three other defendants found guilty after last May’s trial are: Eduardo Hernandez, 35; Vladimir Iraheta, 31; and Leonidas Iraheta, 31. Judge Pregerson is scheduled to sentence those defendants on January 24 and 25.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, the CLCS Organization used violence and intimidation to control narcotics distribution in an area adjoining MacArthur Park in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Under the orders of the CLCS Organization’s leadership, narcotics suppliers and street dealers paid “rent” – typically a percentage of proceeds from the sale of narcotics – in exchange for permission from the CLCS Organization to sell narcotics in the organization’s territory. Those who paid “rent” received the exclusive authorization to sell narcotics in CLCS Organization territory, as well as protection from rivals. Street vendors operating in CLCS Organization territory also were required to pay “rent” to the organization in order to be allowed to sell their wares near MacArthur Park. Evidence presented at trial showed that the CLCS Organization made tens of thousands of dollars a week through its collection of “rent.” The failure or refusal to pay “rent” and otherwise follow the organization’s rules would result in retribution, including acts of violence.


January 7, 2013

Two Charged in Connection With Christmas Day Murder of a Neighborhood Coach

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 11:06 pm

PASADENA – A reputed gang member was charged today with capital murder in the Dec. 25 fatal shooting of a neighborhood athletics coach who was caught in the line of fire during a car-to-car shooting, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20 (dob 7-8-92), is charged in case GA088554 with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang. He’s also charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a felon, charges that include personal discharge of a handgun.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba with the Hardcore Gang Division said that Bishop and a second suspect, Gary Aurthur (CQ) Davis, 20 (dob 3-13-92), who is charged in the same complaint as being an accessory after the fact, will make their first court appearance this afternoon at Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena, Department D.

Bishop is charged with fatally shooting Victor McClinton, 49, who was gunned down about 11 a.m. on Christmas Day at Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street in Pasadena. The father of two was walking a fellow coach to his car when he was fatally shot, authorities said.

Bishop is also charged with the attempted murder of a driver who crashed his vehicle into a light pole after he sustained a gunshot wound.

There is no evidence at this time that McClinton’s fatal shooting is related to a brief high-speed car chase that killed two people in the same area hours later. Police are still investigating both incidents.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Bishop, who was convicted of two felony commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County.

January 2, 2013

Pair Charged in Pasadena Fatal Collision

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:15 pm

PASADENA – Two alleged gang members, a male and a female, who led Pasadena police on a brief chase on Christmas Day that ended in a fatal crash, killing two people, were charged today with murder and other counts, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Darrell (CQ) Lee Williams, 22 (dob 6-4-90), and Brittany Michellle Washington, 21 (dob 8-12-91), are scheduled to be arraigned today at Pasadena Superior Court, Department D, said Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba with the Hardcore Gang Division. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $3.1 million for Williams and $2.1 million for Washington.

Williams allegedly was driving a silver Dodge Durango with Washington in the front passenger seat and two other people inside when it failed stop for police. A brief high-speed chase ended when the SUV slammed into a van near the Foothill (210) Freeway ramp and Marengo Avenue. Killed on impact were van passengers Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, from Daly City. Three other passengers were seriously injured.

Prosecutors declined to charge two passengers riding in the fleeing SUV.

Williams, of Pasadena, and Washington, of Los Angeles, were charged with two counts each of murder, three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon, one count each of felon in possession of a firearm in case GA088486. The complaint includes gang allegations against both defendants.

If convicted, they each face up to life in state prison.

December 21, 2012

Fugitive Charged with Deputy’s Murder Extradited from Mexico

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 8:05 am

LOS ANGELES – One of six alleged Avenues gang members charged with capital murder in the 2008 fatal shooting of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante outside his parents’ home is awaiting arraignment today after being extradited from Mexico on Friday, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Armando Albarran, aka “Chivo,” 30 (dob 6-8-82), was charged with one count each of conspiracy and murder with the special circumstance that the murder was carried out to further a criminal street gang, said Deputy District Attorney Phillip Stirling with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit. He is being held without bail.

Stirling, who is prosecuting the case along with Deputy District Attorney John Colello, said Albarran was allegedly sitting in the back seat of the car when the 27-year-old officer was fatally shot as he was preparing to leave for his morning shift at the Men’s Central Jail.

Of the six people charged in the case, three have pleaded. Carlos Javier Velasquez, aka “Stoney, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The admitted shooter was sentenced Oct. 23 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


October 25, 2012

Man Pleads to Killing Sheriff’s Deputy, Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , , , — fayarfa @ 7:45 pm

LOS ANGELES — The man charged in the murder of off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to all counts in connection with the 2008 killing, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen accepted the plea of Carlos Velasquez, 28, and sentenced Velasquez immediately. Velasquez pleaded guilty to the Aug. 2, 2008, first-degree murder of Escalante and to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In addition, Velasquez admitted the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed by an active gang member and to further the criminal activities of a criminal street gang. Velasquez also admitted that he personally fired a handgun that killed the victim.

The deputy was gunned down outside his Cypress Park home as he was preparing to leave for his morning shift at Men’s Central Jail.

Deputy District Attorneys Phillip Stirling and John Colello of the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section (CAPOS) of the District Attorney’s Office handled the prosecution.


October 23, 2012

Nine People Linked to Denver Lane Bloods Criminal Street Gang Indicted on Federal Charges of Distributing Crack Cocaine

Filed under: Los Angeles Criminal attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 1:40 pm

LOS ANGELES – Federal and local law enforcement authorities this morning arrested four members and associates of the Denver Lane Blood criminal street gang on federal narcotics charges.

The four arrested this morning are among nine people named in federal criminal indictments. In addition the four arrested today, two of the nine federal defendants were already in custody, and authorities have contacted one defendant who will be arraigned at a later date. Authorities are continuing to search for two fugitives.

The arrests are the result of five indictments returned last month by a federal grand jury. The indictments all allege sales of crack cocaine and specifically charge the defendants with distributing cocaine base (crack cocaine). Three of the indictments also allege conspiracies to distribute crack cocaine.

“Gang crime and narcotics distribution represent a serious threat to public safety,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “Today’s operation sends a powerful message that gang activities and drug crimes have serious consequences. Combating gang activity contributes to the well-being and safety of neighborhoods where residents should be able to live their lives free of the scourge of illegal drugs.”

This morning’s arrests are the result of a two-year investigation into the gang’s illegal activity conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Los Angeles Police Department.


Gang Member Convicted of Multiple Armed Robberies Around the San Fernando Valley

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , , — fayarfa @ 1:37 pm

VAN NUYS – A Pacoima gang member caught last year by undercover Glendale Police was convicted today of a series of armed robberies around the San Fernando Valley, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron of the Hardcore Gang Division said a Van Nuys jury deliberated less than a day before finding David Cesar Santos, 19, guilty of all charges, including assault on a peace officer, six counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery. The jury also found true the gun and gang allegations.

Santos and co-defendant Christopher Rosalio Morales, 23, were arrested on June 21, 2011, after two Glendale police detectives on surveillance witnessed an armed robbery about 4:15 p.m. at Sylvan Street and Colfax Avenue.

When the pair spotted detectives, they jumped inside a Chrysler PT Cruiser but were blocked from leaving by unmarked police vehicles. Santos was wounded when police opened fire after he rammed the Cruiser into a detective’s car.

The pair was charged with a series of armed robberies around the San Fernando Valley between November, 2010, to June, 2011.

Prior to the start of trial, Morales pleaded no contest to seven counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery in an open plea to the court, meaning there was no negotiated plea by prosecutors.

Both defendants return to court Nov. 2 for sentencing by Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz. Each is facing 45 years in state prison.

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