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Gang member sentenced in O.C. high school stabbing

August 9, 2010 |  9:44 pm
A teenage gang member has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison after stabbing a high school student last year on the campus of Sonora High School in La Habra, authorities said Monday.

Richard Robert Rodriguez, 18, of La Habra pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of attempted murder and sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and causing great bodily injury, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Rodriguez was 17 at the time of the crime and was prosecuted as an adult.

Prosecutors alleged that Rodriguez stabbed the victim, described as a rival gang member, on the school campus on Sept. 8, 2009.

Rodriguez stabbed the victim on the right side of his head and left shoulder area. The victim was taken to a hospital and later recovered from his wounds.

-- Robert J. Lopez