• Gang Murder

    ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A Monrovia gang member who shot a 16-year-old boy in
    2008, leaving the victim paralyzed, was sentenced today to 40 years to life in
    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Candace Beason imposed the sentence on
    23-year-old Jimmy Santana after prosecutor Stacie Mayoras read a statement in
    which the victim addressed the defendant.
    “Jimmy, I hope that you can become a better person during this whole
    experience,” the young man wrote. “Life does not end here for you. You can
    still do good to the world and your family.”
    Santana was convicted in February of attempted murder, shooting from a
    motor vehicle and assault. The jury also found true gun and gang allegations.
    According to prosecutors, Santana pulled up in a car alongside the
    victim, who was riding a bicycle, shouted a gang-related statement and then
    shot him.
    The victim wrote that he had forgiven Santana. “You see, if I would
    have wasted a single second of my life hating you, then I would have been
    destroying precious time that has been granted to me.”
    He said he had “gone through a tremendous amount of physical pain, I
    spent a great portion of my teenage years being hospitalized, and I have not
    walked since the shooting. With all of that said, I have still continued to
    live as normally as possible. I go to college, I have my own apartment …”

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