Thursday, February 27, 2014

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

April 6, 2014 marks the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to focus on victims of crime and celebrate our nation’s progress in serving them. This year’s theme is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

Fighting for victims is our passion every day of the year, but this week is an important time to raise awareness in support of victims’ rights to show them that we care about their losses and that we realize their pain is something that lasts an eternity. It also reminds us all in the district attorney’s office why we seek justice for victims of crime.

In honor of our county’s crime victims, this year our office will hold a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Memorial. The event will take place April 7, 2014 in the San Bernardino County Government Center Rotunda.

Last year our office helped over 10,000 victims, whether it was guiding them through the court system or helping them acquire services and restitution. The bottom line is: Having this memorial will provide family members and friends of murder victims a chance to reflect on their loved one and their loss. It’s also a chance for us as a community to recognize that their loss is our loss, and their pain is our pain.

Please save the date of April 7 from noon to 1 pm and make plans to join us as we come together as a community to honor our victims.

Crime Victims’ Rights Week Calendar

Fifth Annual Victims’ Rights Rally sponsored by California Victim Compensation Program

District Attorney Ramos will be attending the California Crime Victims’ Rights Rally & March in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 8, at 10 AM.

25th Annual March on the Capitol sponsored by Crime Victims United

In recognition of victims’ rights District Attorney Ramos is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 8 at 11:30 AM.

Victims’ Rights Candlelight Vigil hosted by San Bernardino Police Department

District Attorney Ramos is scheduled to attend a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, April 8, hosted by the San Bernardino Police Department at 6:30 p.m.

15th Annual Candlelight Remembrance hosted by Families & Friends of Murder Victims

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2010, at the Rancho Cucamonga Civic Center. District Attorney Ramos will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Victim Memorial Display Boards will also be on exhibit at the Fontana and Victorville District Attorney Offices during Victims’ Rights Week.

For more information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please contact the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services at (909) 382-3669 or
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Testimony begins in trial of pair accused in slaying of 90-year-old San Bernardino woman

By  Lori Fowler, The Sun

SAN BERNARDINO >> On Sept. 15, 2005, Josephine Kelley’s hands and feet were bound with tape and a pillowcase was placed over her head.

And that’s how the 90-year-old woman was discovered when her daughter, Susan Hassett, came home.

“She looked like she was sleeping,” said Susan, who testified on the first day of trial for the people suspected of killing her mother. “But I knew she wasn’t because she wouldn’t answer me.”

Hassett left work about 3:30 p.m. that day and drove back to her home in the 2800 block of Muscupiabi Drive, which she shared with her husband, son, and mother.

When Susan walked into the house, she saw her mother’s purse on the floor. It had been emptied out and the contents of the purse were spread out around it. The house had been ransacked.

Susan started to call her mother’s name, but got no response. When she looked up she could see that the patio door was open. She ran to her mother’s room and found Kelley lying on the bed — bound and motionless. Susan said she removed the pillowcase from her mother’s head and called 9-1-1.

Later, it was determined that Kelley had died from asphyxiation.

Michael Mitchell and Kiesha Smith, both of San Bernardino, have been charged in the death of Kelley.

A third defendant, Sherry Beck, took a plea bargain in December. She agreed to serve 17 years in prison on a number of charges, including manslaughter, Deputy District
Attorney Andrew Turk said Wednesday during opening statements in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Per the terms of her agreement, Beck is expected to testify in the trial.

Beck and Derrick Hassett, Kelley’s adult grandson, knew each other. And Derrick Hassett had a checkered past, Turk said.

A few days before the slaying, Beck told Smith and her boyfriend Mitchell that Derrick’s house would be a good place to rob, Turk said.

“She told the others, ‘Derrick’s a jerk. It’d be nice if someone taught him a lesson. They’ve got money and he’s always got drugs,’” Turk told jurors.

On the day of the slaying Beck and another man went over to the house. During that time, Smith came to the house saying she was looking for a lost cat.
She had a conversation with Derrick, then left. Beck left too.

At some point, Derrick and the other man left the house, and Kelley was alone in the house.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Seeking Justice: People v. Roosevelt Turner

By Simon R. Umscheid, Supervising Deputy District Attorney

Defendant Roosevelt Turner (AKA“22”) 

For six and a half years I was assigned to the Hardcore Gang Unit at the Fontana District Attorney’s Office. During the course of that time I handled hundreds of cases ranging from misdemeanor vandalisms and assaults to murders. Of all of those cases, some stick out because of the brutality of the crime or because of the particular victim who showed courage in trying to obtain justice for the crime committed against them.
One of those cases is People v. Roosevelt Turner. It sticks out in my mind because of the horrendous cruelty of the crime and because of the incredible courage of the victim and his family.
On the night of August 26, 2006, 17-year-old Antonio Steward was sitting in front of his parents’ apartment in the late evening hours speaking with a friend. They were just sitting minding their own business when the defendant and a group of his friends approached Antonio and his friend. Turner asked Antonio “Where are you from?” Antonio knew that Turner was asking him what gang he ran with or what neighborhood he claimed. Antonio responded that he didn’t claim anyone and that he didn’t bang (meaning he wasn’t affiliated with a gang). Turner then demanded the cigarette that Antonio had tucked behind his ear. Turner was carrying a bottle of clear alcohol when he approached Antonio.
Despite being confronted with the defendant and the group of “friends” he had with him, Antonio offered to share the cigarette with Turner. That wasn’t good enough for Turner. He felt disrespected by Antonio for a reason that most people wouldn’t understand nor relate to.
Turner initially acted as if he was going to turn and walk away. As he began to turn he suddenly backed up and produced a semi-automatic firearm. He pointed the gun at Antonio from just a few feet away and started firing. The defendant fired more than a dozen rounds at Antonio. Antonio was hit eight to nine times throughout his body. Antonio’s friend also suffered a graze wound but was not seriously injured.
Antonio’s father heard the rapid gunfire from inside the family apartment. He ran to the front door of the apartment in panicked terror. He found his son on the ground riddled with bullets in front of the family’s apartment.
Antonio’s father cried out for someone to call 911. The front landing area was littered with brass shell casings and bullet fragments. Antonio told his father that it “hurt real bad.” Antonio’s father sat cradling his son until help arrived. Antonio had several through and through gunshot wounds. He also still had several bullets lodged in his body. Antonio was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. During that trip Antonio’s heart stopped requiring dramatic medical intervention. The situation was so chaotic that Antonio’s parents initially went to the wrong hospital before realizing that their son had been taken to Loma Linda Medical Center.
Antonio was rushed into emergency surgery; just the first such surgery of the eventual fifty he would have to undergo. Antonio was in a medically induced coma for weeks. Because of the damage to his body, Antonio, his parents, and the medical staff had to make the extremely difficult decision to amputate both of his legs in order to try and save his life. The doctors told Antonio’s parents the situation was still very dire; there was a good chance that Antonio still might not survive.
While Antonio lay unconscious in the hospital ICU, the search for the shooter was under way. A canvas of the apartment complex led to one witness saying she had seen a subject earlier in the evening with a group of friends. She didn’t know his name but knew he went by the street name “22.” She also said he was carrying a bottle of clear alcohol.
In a very lucky coincidence, there was a Fontana Police Officer working that evening that had lateralled to the Fontana Police Department from Colton Police. He knew a subject from Colton who went by the moniker “22.” He knew that person as Roosevelt Turner. Turner was an associate of the Colton City Crips and a resident of an apartment complex that was notorious for gang activity. That complex was known as the “Zoo.” Turner was referred to as a “Zoo baby” for being an affiliate of the gang. That officer had contacted Turner at that complex on more than one occasion as part of his employment with the Colton Police Department.

Turner was eventually located and arrested. The court process then began. The court ordered law enforcement to conduct a live lineup at the jail. After several weeks Antonio had regained consciousness. The lineup was scheduled. Both Antonio and his friend would have to come to the jail and look at a lineup to see if they could identify the person who shot them both.

Antonio was brought to the jail facility for the lineup by his father. I had to check out how many electrical sockets were in the lineup room prior to his arrival to make sure that the room could accommodate his medical needs. Antonio’s friend from that night looked at the lineup first. He immediately pointed out Turner as being the shooter. Antonio studied the faces on the other side of the glass. He asked if they could each be made to step forward and speak a sentence: “Give me a smoke.” Each individual in the lineup was required to step forward and repeat the sentence. Afterwards Antonio picked Turner out as the person who had shot him and taken his legs.

Form used by law enforcement at lineup. All communication at lineup is in writing. Antonio Steward picks out defendant Roosevelt Turner after detective has each person in lineup step forward and repeat “Give me a smoke.” Form signed by Antonio Steward.
After the lineup the case continued to slog through the court process. Meanwhile Antonio was in and out of the hospital for more surgeries. He fought multiple infections. At one point prior to trial, Antonio was readmitted to the hospital with a life threatening infection and other complications. The family called me and asked if the case would be able to go on if Antonio didn’t survive. The medical staff informed his parents that it was a definite possibility. I considered the real possibility that the case could become a murder case.
After several weeks of touch-and-go news on his medical condition, Antonio fortunately recovered. Finally in May of 2008 we were ready to go to trial. We spent a few days picking a jury and another day arguing motions. After opening statements I called my first witness to the stand. Antonio bravely entered the courtroom to confront the man who had shot him.
I had spoken to Antonio prior to his testimony about how he was feeling. I asked if he was afraid. He responded “Not really, what else can he do to me?” Antonio came into the courtroom in his wheelchair and testified next to the witness stand. He relayed the horror of that night. He spoke of the terror of being shot multiple times and sound of brass hitting the pavement. He relayed the pain and the smell of gunpowder.
He also testified about the lost weeks and months after the shooting. After Antonio relayed all the details of what happened I asked the most important question: “Do you see the person who did this to you in the courtroom?” Antonio calmly pointed at the defendant and identified him as the person who had taken his legs from him. In a cruel and unfathomable act of cowardice the defendant laughed out loud and stared Antonio down. Antonio bravely said he was sure the defendant was the person who shot him.
Antonio’s friend from that night also testified and identified Turner as the shooter. The female who had said she had seen “22” also testified and identified the defendant as the person she knew as “22.” She also remembered that the defendant had also asked her for a cigarette during their chance encounter shortly before the defendant shot the victim.
The jury deliberated and eventually convicted the defendant of both the attempted murders of Antonio and his friend. The jury also found the gun enhancements to be true. Unfortunately, they were not able to reach a unanimous verdict as to the gang enhancement.
After some post-trial motions by defense, sentencing day finally arrived. Nearly two years after the shooting that nearly took Antonio’s life, Roosevelt Turner was sentenced to 59 years plus life for the shooting. Antonio spoke at the sentencing and explained what impact the shooting had on his life and that of his family. He spoke of lost dreams of playing baseball at the collegiate level. He discussed the tremendous toll the case had taken on his parents including incredible financial hardship and health problems for his father. There were more medical bills than the family could ever hope to pay.
The defendant sat through the sentencing snickering and smiling. Turner didn’t even seem to care about the pain he caused his own family. Turner sat smirking as his sobbing mother left the courtroom as he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison at the age of 20.
After the sentencing the family was finally able to get some peace and turn their attention away from the defendant and look to the future. Antonio was learning to walk with prosthetic legs.
In 2009 Antonio was able to walk across the stage at his high school graduation. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

STOP-THE-JOHN PROJECT: DA Releases Names and Photos of Five Defendants Convicted of Solicitation in San Bernardino County

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – In an effort to reduce the demand for victims of human trafficking, the District Attorney’s Office released the names and photographs of five defendants convicted of solicitation in San Bernardino County.
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“Our message is simple, and one that should be very clear by now," District Attorney Michael Ramos said. "If you are convicted of purchasing another human being for sex in this county, we are going to share your name and photo with the world.”
Quick Facts
There are currently 83 defendants charged with solicitation in various stages of the court process.

20 defendants have had their photos posted since the inception of the Stop-The-John project.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

IN THE NEWS: Three to stand trial for alleged deputy ambush

Questions surround who pulled trigger in non-injury shooting
by Shea Johnson, Victorville Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • Despite yet unanswered questions of who fired the gun and whether it was explicitly aimed at a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy as he conducted a traffic stop, a judge ruled on Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to order three men to stand trial for attempted murder of a peace officer.

Judge Steve Malone said during a preliminary hearing that there was probable cause each of the men were knowingly involved in what sheriff’s officials earlier called “a brazen attack” on the night of Feb. 2.

Shawn Munoz, 31, Bernard Corella, 34, and Jesus Armando Soto, 34, are next scheduled to appear at the Victorville courthouse March 4 for a trial arraignment, Malone said.
According to testimony heard Wednesday, Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Rose was returning to a vehicle he had pulled over for making an unsafe turn into a liquor store parking lot on the northwest side of the Hesperia Road and Green Tree Boulevard intersection.

Rose testified he noticed a Chrysler 300 traveling northbound on Hesperia Road “at a very slow speed for that road.” Rose said the rear driver-side window, where Soto allegedly sat, was rolled approximately halfway down and a dark object could be seen inside.

“I heard between three and four (of) what I recognized as gunshots,” Rose said. “I recall looking for cover and realized I was in an exposed area.”

After the shots were fired, the Chrysler accelerated down Hesperia Road and then slowed again to 5 to 10 mph. That is when Rose said he fired four rounds in return.

Defense attorneys sought to debunk the theory that the back-seat passenger fired the .45 caliber handgun and hinted that the shots were aimed upward or away from the deputy. Rose, who was not struck, testified he did not hear any bullets whiz by nor did he hear glass breaking from the shop behind him.

Referencing statements provided by Corella and Soto, their attorneys said Munoz was the perpetrator while he sat in the front passenger seat. If true, his window faced east and away from Rose, they said.

Investigators located the Chrysler later that night at a home in the 13800 block of Apple Creek Drive. They say they located a bullet casing in the car and one on Hesperia Road — both of which appeared to match the live rounds inside a .45 caliber handgun found in the house.

Sheriff’s detective Taylor Long testified that “depending on exactly where the gun was,” the location of the casing found in the car could be consistent with a gun being fired from the front passenger seat.

Munoz’ attorney, Sara Jewett, suggested the incident was spontaneous, saying there was “no intent to kill Deputy Rose.”

But Deputy District Attorney Mari Braun called gang detail Deputy William Hogan to testify — one of five sheriff’s officials called to the stand during the hearing — in order to lay the foundation of Munoz’s gang background. His documented involvement with a subset of the South Fontana gang, including a years-earlier admission and several identifying tattoos, made it clear the shooting was to further his status, Hogan said. One tattoo across his chest reads “shoot to kill” with inked bullet holes below it, according to Hogan.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

District Attorney Ramos joins Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis and Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings to Launch Signature Gathering Effort

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – District Attorney Michael Ramos is scheduled to join Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings Thursday at a press conference to announce the launch of signature gathering efforts to place an initiative before California voters that will bring common sense reforms to California’s broken death penalty system.

“I refuse to back down in this fight as we move to bring about common sense reforms to our state’s broken death penalty system,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said. “We must continue to fight for the families who lost their loved ones at the hands of California’s most violent criminals. For them, the pain never ends.”

Friday, February 7, 2014

Florida Man Sentenced in 1994 Cold Case Robbery and Murder

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A 41-year-old Florida man was sentenced to 35 years-to-life in state prison today for his role in a drug deal turned bad.

In December 1994, defendant Demus Peterson and a second unidentified suspect agreed to sell 40-year-old Buster Shackleford and his female passenger crack cocaine.

According to Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Youngberg, who prosecuted the case, Shackleford was a cross-country truck driver from Florida who was stopping at the Beacon truck stop in Ontario on his way to deliver a load of lunchmeat to Los Angeles.

“The defendant and the second suspect climbed into the truck cab with the victim and passenger,” Youngberg said. “Rather than sell Buster and his passenger drugs, the two suspects robbed Buster and the passenger.”

During the robbery, Peterson shot Buster in the back. During this time, the female passenger was able to jump down from the cab and run away unharmed. No suspects were identified at the time of the crime, but the female passenger provided detailed descriptions of the suspects and their actions—including the defendant reaching up and grabbing the handrail in an attempt to enter the cab on the passenger side of the truck.

A latent fingerprint was pulled from the handrail at the 1994 crime scene but was not identified to any suspects. In 2010, the Ontario Police Department opened up numerous cold cases with latent fingerprints and re-ran them. After further review, the defendant’s print matched the latent from the handrail.

According to Youngberg, the passenger witness was then located out of state and shown a six-pack photographic line-up. The witness was able to pick the defendant out of the line-up 18 years later, and as a result, Peterson was located in Florida and arrested.

“The defendant’s criminal history showed an arrest four months after the 1994 murder,” Youngberg said. “He was found in possession of a revolver, which according to the witness description was the type of weapon likely used during the robbery and murder.”

Peterson did not testify at the trial. Numerous retired and current Ontario police officers, Los Angeles county detectives, a retired crime scene forensic specialist who pulled the latent in 1994 and other forensic specialists testified at trial.

On November 7, 2013, the defendant was convicted of first degree murder and a gun enhancement.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Deputy DA Point of View: Michael Selyem Reflects on Recent Gang Case

Defendant Joshua Martinez

Overcoming Obstacles: People v. Joshua Martinez
By Michael Selyem, Deputy District Attorney

On September 3, 2013, we finally began pre-trial motions in the case of People v. Joshua Martinez. I say finally because, Martinez, a well-documented North Side Colton gang member had managed to drag this case on for more than 8 years before it finally went to trial. 

The trial took place in department S-26 of the San Bernardino Superior Court. Martinez was charged with murdering Christopher Powers with a firearm on June 29, 2005. Additionally, Martinez was charged with dissuading a witness from testifying and accompanying gang enhancements. Powers had gone with Martinez and a female named Ravenna Waters attempting to purchase methamphetamine.

The three traveled in a very old and beat up van driven by Waters. The victim and Martinez had previously made an agreement wherein the victim agreed to trade his pick-up truck to Martinez for an amount of methamphetamine. After their unsuccessful attempts to get the drugs Martinez learned that the victim did not have possession of the title to the truck he wanted to trade. Upon learning this Martinez went into a rage. 

While driving away from the area where they had attempted to purchase the drugs, Waters’ van stalled on Cajon Blvd. in Devore. Believing the van had run out of gas, Powers told Martinez he would walk back to a friend’s house to syphon some gas from a vehicle. Powers exited the van and Martinez exited directly after him. As soon as Martinez exited the van he produced a .22 caliber handgun and shot Powers in the head four times leaving him there to die in the roadway. Ravenna Waters was the only witness to the murder. 

The defendant got back into the passenger side of the van and told Waters, “I guess the truck is mine now.” Martinez then ordered Waters to drive him back to her residence. Along the way Martinez told Waters that because she was the only witness to the murder he was going to follow her everywhere she went and he threatened her, her husband and her children if she were to say anything to the police. 

Although initially reluctant to report the incident to the police, Waters eventually came forward approximately one week after the shooting and reported the incident. She told the police not only that Martinez had murdered Powers but since the incident she had been followed and confronted on numerous occasions by both Martinez and his gangster friends who threatened her and her family in order to insure she was not talking to the police. After the defendant was arrested Waters and her husband were removed and relocated out of the area because law enforcement had validated the threats. At the preliminary hearing before trial, Waters’ testimony was recorded to preserve the testimony in case anything was to happen. 

At trial Waters was clear and unequivocal about not wanting to be there and testify in this case. However, she courageously took the oath and told the truth. Without hesitation she identified Martinez as the person that murdered Powers back in 2005. Throughout cross-examination the defense attorney kept suggesting that Waters or one of her sons was the actual murderer and that Waters was simply covering up for a family member by blaming Martinez for the murder. Each time such a suggestion was made Waters quickly corrected him. Her recollection of the events that had transpired more than 8 years prior was clear, concise and consistent. At one point when the defense suggested her testimony was “coached” she simply told him that when you tell the truth it is easy to recollect what happened. Without the honesty and courage shown by Ravenna Waters, Martinez would have gotten away with murder.

Charles Dedrick, who was the husband of Ravenna Waters, also testified indicating that the threats to Waters and her family were real. He chronicled how only hours after the murder Martinez had come back to their house with his fellow gang members wanting Waters to “take a ride” with them. Dedrick managed to stall them long enough and convinced them to come back in the morning. After they had finally left, Waters and Dedrick packed their bags and left their residence. 

They ran for more than four days, staying in hotels, sleeping in their car and hiding at friends’ houses. During this time they had received calls from Waters’ son that Martinez was coming over to their residence trespassing and burglarizing their home. It was at that point that Waters and Dedrick knew the harassment would not stop and reported the murder to the police. 

The defense attempted to concoct an alibi by having Martinez’s girlfriend (Sheila Rodarte) come to court and say that Martinez was at a hospital the night of the murder while Rodarte’s daughter was having surgery. The issue was that Rodarte’s daughter actually did have surgery the same night the murder was committed. However, after listening to countless dozens of jail calls Martinez finally made a call to Rodarte to discuss the alibi. In his statements on the phone he got Rodarte to agree with times and places that would provide an alibi for himself. The problem was that Rodarte had already made statements to a defense investigator that indicated that either one or both of them were lying. Upon hearing the jail call for the first time while she testified Rodarte was hard pressed to explain the discrepancies. 

The jury deliberated for only one day convicting Martinez of first degree murder with use of a firearm. They also convicted him of dissuading a witness from testifying and found true the enhancement that he did so for the benefit of a criminal street gang. 

This case exemplifies what prosecutors often must overcome in “gang” cases. Not only the unwillingness of witnesses to come to court and testify but the reach of the gang member and his associates in trying to help avoid arrest, detection or conviction by threatening and harassing witnesses to their crimes. Witnesses are rightfully concerned about retaliation against themselves and their families in cases such as these.

Throughout the trial there was a constant law enforcement presence and every civilian needed to be escorted to and from the court house. While many obstacles need to be overcome to present such cases to a jury, the reward of seeing Martinez sentenced to 61 years to life certainly warranted the efforts to get justice for Christopher Powers.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

High Profile Gang Cases from 2013

DEFENDANT: Marcos Alvarado
SUMMARY: In this particular case the defendant evaded capture for over three years. After a night of drinking, Alvarado was asked to leave a restaurant. In a hurry to exit the parking lot, following his girlfriend hitting another car, defendant begins shooting at the victim’s car. The victim dies. His wife who was driving is struck by a bullet in the hip.
CONVICTED: The defendant was convicted of murder and attempted murder.
SENTENCED: Alvarado was sentenced to 130 years to life.

DEFENDANTS: Juan Rodriguez, Udy Cardenas and Irvin Rodriguez
SUMMARY: The Defendants are all members of East Side Verdugo, and each of the three crimes was committed within their gang territory. Defendant Juan Rodriguez was walking down the street holding a knife and challenged a man who was standing in his own front yard to a fight. He later placed the knife right in the face of the man’s wife, and then subsequently stabbed her elderly father, who walked out to try to calm the situation. Shortly after, Defendants Juan Rodriguez and Irvin Rodriguez used a knife to steal a bicycle from a young man. Finally, a few minutes later Juan Rodriguez, Irvin Rodriguez and Udy Cardenas jumped out of a car and started fighting with three other young men who were standing in front of their driveway. They fought with them, knocking one to the ground. In all three incidents, Juan Rodriguez yelled out “Eastside Verdugo” and “Meadowbrook.”
CONVICTED: The jury convicted Juan Rodriguez of Robbery, 2 counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Street Terrorism. Irvin Rodriguez was convicted of Robbery and Street Terrorism, Udy Cardenas was convicted of Street Terrorism. The jury found that a knife was used in the robbery, that great bodily injury was inflicted on the elderly gentleman, and gang enhancements were found true as to all counts.
SENTENCED: All defendants were sentenced to state prison: Juan Rodriguez for 43 years, Irvin Rodriguez for 27 years and Udy Cardenas for 12 years.

DEFENDANT: Michael Rey

SUMMARY: A police officer was pursuing Rey, when he turned and fired a round at the officer. Rey claimed the gun had accidently discharged when he threw it. The officer believed the shot barely missed him.
CONVICTED: The defendant was convicted of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace officer with a personal gun use allegation found true.
SENTENCED: He was sentenced to 28 years in state prison.

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