Gang members get jail time in stabbing of teen
January 29, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Four out of 10 people facing criminal charges in connection with the June stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in South Lake Tahoe were sentenced to jail time this week.
Ignacio Novoa Gomez and Noe Corea each received a year in El Dorado County Jail after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and participating in a criminal street gang because of their involvement in the stabbing, said Lisa Serafini, the El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney prosecuting the case.
Jairo Silva, who is on felony probation for a previous conviction of possessing stolen property, received a full year in county jail after also pleading guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and participating in a criminal street gang for his part in the incident. He was sentenced to an additional 240 days of jail time for violating the terms of his parole, Serafini said.
Ivan Vasquez pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, participating in a criminal street gang and residential burglary. He also received a year in county jail. Vasquez received the burglary charge because he actually entered the residence during the June 17 incident where members of the “Cyclones” gang drove to a party on Palmira Avenue, stabbed the 15-year-old boy and fled. The boy allegedly had ties to a rival gang.
At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Vasquez said he did not know the victim of the stabbing and was “embarrassed” he took part in the incident. He said he wanted to focus on providing for his fiancee and their 2-year-old son after serving his sentence.
“I want to better myself as a father and a husband and stay good,” Vasquez said.
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He said he was “pretty sure” members of the Cyclones gang would retaliate against him for dropping out of the gang.
“I’m scared for my son and my girl,” Vasquez said.
The defendants sentenced this week testified against fellow gang members during a preliminary hearing that took place in October and November. Each will be required to serve five years probation and register as a member of a criminal street gang as part of their sentence, Serafini said.
A fifth defendant, Lina Caro Flores, faces possible state prison time after a judge determined she lied during testimony she gave during the preliminary hearing in the case, Serafini said.
The preliminary hearing for three others accused of involvement in the stabbing, Jorge Casillas, Carlos Trejo and a 16-year-old boy, is scheduled to resume March 23.
Prosecutors have charged Casillas, Trejo and the teenager with attempted murder, residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement for their alleged involvement in the stabbing.
Two juveniles have also already been convicted of involvement in the stabbing, Serafini said.