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2 sentenced to life for gang shootout death

On April 14, two California gang members were sentenced to life in prison after a sheriff's department civilian employee was killed by a stray bullet during a gang shootout. The two men, ages 24 and 29, were convicted of first-degree murder in April 2016.

According to the report, the law enforcement technician, aged 49, was shot and killed on Christmas Day in 2012 after a gang shootout began while he was walking a friend to his vehicle. The incident took place at the intersection of Wyoming Street and Newport Avenue in Pasadena. The man's widow testified that she thought that fireworks had gone off only to find her husband on the ground.

Ultimately, one of the accused was found to be an active participant in the murder of the civilian by the jury. This allegation was rejected in the case of the other accused man, but they did find gun-related allegations to be true. Further, both of the accused men were convicted of the attempted murder of their actual target. They were also convicted of two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

When a person is accused of being involved in violent crimes, such as attempted murder or drug trafficking, the legal consequences can be severe. A criminal law attorney may argue that the defendant was not involved or that it was a case of mistaken identity. Counsel may also attempt to have some of the evidence be deemed inadmissible if authorities did not follow proper procedures when they obtained it.

Source: Pasadena Patch, "Pair Get Life Sentences For Stray Bullet Shooting Of Pasadena Coach", April 17, 2017

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