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14-year-old charged with murder for gang-related death

On Nov. 7, a California teenager was facing a murder charge after allegedly being involved in a gang-related shooting that occurring in October. The accused Wilmington teen is just 14 years old.

A 19-year-old college student was just leaving a Halloween party that he had been attending and was walking across the street when he was reportedly shot and killed at about 1:45 a.m. near the 1100 block of West Cruces Street. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The teenager accused of committing the murder was taken into police custody on Nov. 2 and was being held at the Los Padrinos juvenile detention facility. His name and other information were not released as he is a minor.

Authorities said that the party the college student was attending was not gang-related; however, there were several members from rival gangs in attendance. Authorities said that the shooting resulted from decades of rivalry between the Eastside and Westside Wilmas gangs.

Being accused of gang-related activities and other violent crimes, including murder, can have a major impact on a person's future, especially if that person is still a minor. If the crime is serious enough, a minor can be charged and tried as an adult. This could mean that a minor could be sentenced to decades or even life in prison if they are convicted on the charges. A criminal law attorney may potentially be able to protect a minor against the charges, especially if the sentence prevents the minor from being able to become a productive citizen. In some cases, the attorney may attempt to have the case dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Otherwise, the attorney may negotiate a lighter sentence.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "14-Year-Old Boy Faces Murder Charge in Gang Slaying", 11/08/2017

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