Authorities reported on Jan. 2 that a California man was taken into custody after he was accused of being involved in a shooting that left one person dead and two others with injuries. According to authorities, the 31-year-old man was alleged to be a reputed gang member.
The violent crime rate is expected to fall from 2016 to 2017 in three California cities according to projections from the New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice. Researchers from the law and public policy institute analyzed crime trends in the nation's 30 largest cities using police reports and historical data, and they concluded that the overall crime rate in the United States is expected to fall slightly by 1.8 percent and the violent crime rate by 0.6 percent by the end of 2017. The study includes data from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. Data from San Francisco was not available when the study was prepared in September.
On Dec. 1, a California man received the death penalty for murdering three men who had wronged his street gang. The sentence was handed down in Riverside Superior Court.
California authorities are investigating a series of deadly shootings that took place in Santa Ana between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3. Police believe the spate of violence may have been committed by area gang members.
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.
Police in California have charged a 26-year-old man with murder after the body of his missing girlfriend was discovered in a remote part of Siskiyou County. The man was taken into custody by deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 10, and reports indicate that he is being held at a detention facility in Yreka, with bail set at $1 million.
Two California gang members have been found guilty of killing five homeless people who were living near a Long Beach freeway. Authorities were tipped off to the killings, which occurred in November 2008, after the bodies were found in a seedy neighborhood.
When California residents are charged with murder, they could be charged with first-degree murder or second-degree murder. While both charges deal with an intentional killing of someone, the first-degree and second-degree part of the charges are different based on the accused individuals' mental states.
Police in Richmond have arrested seven men accused of participating in a crime spree committed by a gang known as Swerve Team. The Richmond Chief of Police said that surveillance video captured during a home invasion in Fremont launched the investigation that eventually involved local, state and federal law enforcement. A detective recognized a man in the video as someone from Richmond and wondered why he was in Fremont. The seven suspects now face charges for multiple violent crimes, including three murders and 14 attempts at killing people, that occurred throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
A California man was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Aug. 16 for the 2014 murder of a Chinese engineering student. The 21-year-old man was just one of four individuals charged with the murder of the 24-year-old University of Southern California graduate student.