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Judge sentences 3 men for 2008 shooting

Three California men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a 2008 shooting at a wedding that left one dead and one seriously injured. The incident happened at the Niles Banquet Hall in Fremont on the evening of Feb. 16, 2008.

According to law enforcement authorities, men from two rival gangs attended the wedding. A fight reportedly broke out between them at the wedding reception. A 35-year-old Livermore man was shot and killed, and another man was shot but survived his injuries. The three men were charged with gang enhancements, attempted murder and murder by the Alameda County District Attorney in 2011.

The three men entered guilty pleas to lesser included offenses on Sept. 28 and came back for sentencing on Nov. 13. At the hearing, a 24-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to assault with a weapon. A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his pleas to manslaughter, gang enhancements and assault with a deadly weapon. The third man, a 27-year-old, received a sentence of nine years after pleading guilty to attempted murder. The two 24-year-old men were both juveniles at the time of the incident, but the district attorney prosecuted them as adults.

People charged with gang crimes face the potential of much longer sentences than others. A gang crime designation can be a sentence enhancer, meaning those convicted receive sentences to longer periods of incarceration. People who are charged with violent crimes may benefit by seeking help from a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. That may help the attorney have enough time to build an effective defense.

Source: Livermore Patch, "Three reputed gang members sentenced for 2008 shooting that killed Livermore man," Autumn Johnson, Nov. 26, 2015.

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