Wednesday, February 10, 2016

San Bernardino gang member sentenced to 28 years in state prison for assaulting a man walking home from church

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A 31-year-old gang member was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in state prison for assaulting a man who was walking home from church.

After deliberating for nearly 3 ½ hours, a jury found Isaac Miranda of San Bernardino guilty in Nov. 2015 of Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and found true the great bodily injury allegation and the gang allegation. The charges stem from a 2014 incident.

Prior to the confrontation, two San Bernardino Police Officers stopped at a red light witnessed a shirtless Miranda—with gang tattoos clearly visible—walking down the street yelling the name of his gang and flashing gang signs in the direction of three other fellow gang members standing across the street.

As Miranda continued down the sidewalk, he crossed paths with the victim, and for no apparent reason, punched him in the left eye—fracturing his orbital area in multiple places.

According to Deputy District Attorney Kathleen Curtis, who prosecuted the case, the victim had to have multiple plates screwed into his eye to correct the damage.

“The victim still suffers from the lasting effects of the punch,” Curtis said.

This case was investigated by the San Bernardino Police Department.

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