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L.A. gang member sentenced in case involving shooting death of baby

January 20, 2011 |  5:20 pm

A member of the ruthless Blythe Street gang was sentenced Thursday to 30 years to life in state prison in connection with the slaying of a 4-month-old boy.

The sentencing of Alfonzo Landa, 18,  stemmed from a September 2009 incident in Van Nuys when Blythe Street members opened fire on a group they believed were rival gang members.

Rounds from a shotgun struck infant Andrew Garcia in the head as members of his family stood near their car in the 14300 block of Kittridge Street, authorities said. Two others were wounded.

The family was dropping off a friend after attending a baptismal ceremony. Andrew was being fed from a bottle when he was hit.

Landa was convicted of carjacking in connection with the shooting, prosecutors said. Jurors deadlocked on murder and attempted murder charges.

The alleged triggerman, Ricardo Hernandez, 24, is scheduled for a court hearing March 16. He is charged with multiple felony counts, including murder and conspiracy to commit murder.


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