Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In the News: Gang member gets 85 to life

Rebecca Howes, Daily Press
VICTORVILLE - An East Side Victoria gang member was sentenced Friday to 85 years in prison for shooting a man over a $60 debt.
After numerous delays in his trial, Anthony Garcia DeLonnie, 35, was sentenced for attempting to murder Julio Ramirez on Halloween night in 2011.

Authorities say DeLonnie pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at Ramirez’s head because the man owed him $60. Ramirez was shot in the arm after he lifted it in a defensive motion, investigators said.

When Ramirez ran to a neighbor’s house to get help, DeLonnie fled the scene and was later found hiding in a Hesperia motel before his arrest.

In September 2012, after about a day of deliberations, a jury found DeLonnie, whose gang moniker is “Goofy,” guilty of attempted murder and participating in a criminal street gang with special circumstances due to prior felony convictions.

For attempted murder, DeLonnie got 25 years to life. He got an additional 25 years for discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. For participation in a criminal street gang, DeLonnie got 25 years.

There also were two priors that carried a five-year sentence each, for a total of 85 years to life, according to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane.

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