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Gang member sentenced to life for fatal shooting in Anaheim

January 28, 2011 |  6:43 pm

An Orange County gang member was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the  2006 shooting death of an unarmed man on an Anaheim street, prosecutors said.

Sergio Martinez, 33, of Stanton was convicted in November of murder and related crimes in the shooting of Julio Flores, 30, a gardener gunned down on June 26, 2006, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

“He was newer to this neighborhood, and he wanted to show off to his gang and intimidate the other people in the neighborhood,” said Farrah Emami, a district attorney’s spokeswoman.

On the evening of the killing, authorities say, the gunman approached a group of men who were talking and drinking beer on the corner of Ariel Place and Canoga Street. The killer asked the men where they were from before pulling out a firearm and pointing it, prosecutors said.

Flores tried to swipe the weapon away but was shot in the chest, authorities said. Another man, Fausto Acevedo, 23, who worked with Flores, was also hit but recovered, authorities said.

Anaheim police arrested Martinez after witnesses identified him as the gunman, the district attorney's office said.

A co-defendant, Juan Carlos Castillo, 27, of Anaheim, whom authorities said provided Martinez with a loaded firearm, was sentenced to six years in prison on attempted murder and other charges, authorities said.

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-- Patrick McDonnell

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