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Reputed L.A. gang member convicted in killing of 4-month-old boy

April 16, 2012 |  9:27 pm

Andrew GarciaA reputed Van Nuys gang member was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting of a 4-month-old boy.

Andrew Garcia died from a single bullet wound to the head on Sept. 27, 2009, as he sat in the front seat of car while he was being fed by a family friend, authorities said.

Police said that two suspects had become involved in a verbal confrontation with someone outside the vehicle in the 14300 block of Kittridge Street in Van Nuys and that one of them opened fire with a shotgun.

Two others were injured in the early morning attack. Andrew's slaying shocked community members and city leaders, prompting the City Council to offer a $50,000 reward for information in finding the killers.

Ricardo Hernandez, 26, a member of the notorious Blythe Street gang, was convicted at the Van Nuys courthouse, the Los Angeles county district attorney's office said. After the shooting, Hernandez fled to Mexico but was apprehended by authorities in the state of Jalisco and returned to the United States.

Another reputed gang member, Alonzo Landa, pleaded no contest last year to one count of voluntary manslaughter with gang allegations and was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison, authorities said.

Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced May 31 at the Van Nuys courthouse. He faces a maximum term of 200 years to life in state prison.

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