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Gang Member Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Killing Sheriff's Deputy

Carlos Velasquez will serve life in prison for the killing.

A member of a prominent Northeast Los Angeles Gang* was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Los Angeles Superior Judge on Tuesday after admitting to the 2008 murder of a County Sheriff's Deputy, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen accepted the plea of 28-year-old Carlos Velasquez, who admitted to shooting Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante to death in front of his parents Cypress Park home.

From: Gang member gets life in prison for killing L.A. sheriff's deputy

Velasquez was originally charged with capital murder and could have faced the death penalty. He admitted he killed the deputy as he was leaving his parents' Cypress Park home to head to work at the Men's Central Jail.

Escalante was shot in the back of the head as he reached into his car to adjust a child’s car seat.

Deputy Dist. Attys. Phillip Stirling and John Colello say Velasquez wrongly believed he was killing a gang rival and shot the deputy numerous times.

Velasquez was arrested in 2008 following a joint investigation conducted by sheriff's department and the LAPD.

LAPD Northeast Gang Unit Captain Rick Ortiz told Patch that the sentencing of Velasquez meant justice for Escalante's family and fellow officers.

"Justice, sometimes it comes slow, but it still comes," he said.

*Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch does not print the names of local gangs, in an effort to limit their fame and notoriety.

frankruby October 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Go on google search 3000 floor boys gang thats where our taxers money goes to a gang behind the badge.. See for your selfs
North_EastLA January 06, 2013 at 03:20 AM
What a shame! Patch we respect the fact you can give further details on the gang or nickname of the suspect. Let me help. Stony from avenues drew st click was a notorious drug dealer and killer. Should have gave him the electric chair.
J, F, January 06, 2013 at 07:07 AM
just to think, put all that training to work. while he's in jail,,,
Nimby pimp January 06, 2013 at 08:15 AM
EXT: Rain is falling. GANGSTA stands at graveside, pours out a 40. "Miss you, dawg," he says quietly. He pauses, strains, cuts tiny fart.
Fernando lopez October 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Fyi. People on death row hardly get killed in California, and have a better standard of living then inmates in general population. Prisons became a booming California industry whether you like to admit it or not. United states imprisons more people then China and Russia put together. Prisons took over the farming industry. Ironically prison gaurds are imitating the people they watch, bald, tattoos and form gangs with the name green wall. Look it up. You will be surprise what you support, while the rapist and child molestorS roam free. Look up Megans law...

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