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Gang members sentenced to 30 years for botched Gardena shooting

May 25, 2012 |  9:26 pm

Two gang members were sentenced to 30-year prison terms this week after pleading guilty to attempted murder and other charges involving a botched ambush shooting in an unincorporated area near Gardena in March.

Michael Atkins, 21, and Donte Butler, 20, shot at and missed two people they mistook for rival gang members in the 14500 block of South Keened Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a  statement. A patrol deputy spotted them fleeing the  scene on foot and gave chase.

The deputy opened fire when Atkins pointed a handgun at him, striking the suspect in the arm, the statement said. Atkins was immediately taken into custody, and Butler was arrested after a yard-to-yard search.

The two men later confessed their gang affiliation and their intent to ambush their supposed rivals, authorities said. Each pleaded guilty to multiple counts of attempted murder with weapons. Atkins also pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.


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