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Gang member with a bat going to jail

A second member of the “21 Gang” will be spending time in the county jail for his part in a home invasion crime.

Keenan Sims, 18, was sentenced Thursday to a year and half in the El Dorado County Jail and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victims. He also was ordered to have no contact with the other members of the gang that police said formed at South Tahoe High School.

Sims, along with at least four other baseball-bat-wielding teens, destroyed property and terrorized several residents in a home on Oakland Avenue in January. After Sims’ arrest he was linked to a similar home invasion in November 1998. Sims pleaded guilty to two felony counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Christopher Hourula, another participant in the crimes, was sentenced last month to one year in the county jail. Since Hourula and Sims’ arrests, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against three other young men.

Ryan Paul Ross and Charles Newport, both 18, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge on June 24. Their sentencing is set for Aug. 5.

Charles Clay Giffen, 18, also charged in the crimes, has denied all the allegations. A trial date has not been set.

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