A closely tattooed founding member of a Montebello-based mostly gang “kill squad” was sentenced Wednesday to life in jail with out the potential of parole for the execution-type killings of two rival gang members.
In sentencing 31-yr-previous Jimmy Valenzuela, Los Angeles Superior Courtroom Decide James R. Dabney referred to as the killings “unprovoked” and “mindless.”
Valenzuela, with tattoos throughout his face and neck, was convicted Sept. 26 of two counts of first-diploma homicide for the slayings of twenty-two-yr-previous Joe Anthony Alvarado on Dec. 22, 2007, and Jimmy Jimenez, 29, on July 24, 2010. Each have been gunned down in Montebello.
Jurors additionally discovered true the particular circumstance allegations of a number of murders and homicide to additional the actions of a legal road gang, together with gun allegations.
The Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace had opted earlier to not search the demise penalty towards Valenzuela.
He was arrested in 2012 because of a joint investigation by the Montebello Police Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division and District Lawyer’s Workplace that sought to shut dozens of unsolved gang homicides.
Authorities stated Valenzuela was a key member of his gang’s “kill squad,” liable for implementing the gang’s territory and eliminating its enemies.
–Metropolis Information Service
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