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Gang member sentenced to life for fatal shooting in Anaheim

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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Comments () | Archives (7)

May Martinez ROT in jail, Castillo should have received MORE for his part in this crime.

No way in the world you can convince me that providing this convicted murderer with 3 meals a day, 2 showers a week, cable, internet, books, magazines, the cost of guards on duty in the prison, dental and health insurance the next 30 years is cheaper than popping a cap in his cranium and sending him off for the ages within a week of his conviction!!!

Good riddance to bad trash.

Sounds like justice. Down side is that taxpayers will have to take care of him until he dies.

Life in prison, no parole = not enough. I agree with Cosmo and Alex. I also agree that the coward Castillo didn't receive enough sentence. Now they'll just run things from prison. What a crock.

All u hippies complain this guy is living free in jail now, but u would also complain if the cops shot him. I wouldn't doubt these scum were anchor babies too, but you all probably support amnesty too. Push to have the borders closed and for law enforcement to check the status on any felony arrests.

I think the cops should have ticketed the homies in the corner for drinking in public as well.

Many gangs in many places... to me, most are wanna be's. Make the latino community look bad. Black got gang problems too, along with wanna be's. It's when they cross that line of gang member.. to gang killer. I see tons of kids with gang ties, some getting their life straight at Homeboy Ind's. But thank god this animal was caught, shooting a couple of guys hanging out drinking a brew and killing one. Good job L.A.P.D.


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