|For Immediate Release
Case # 08ZF0020 & 09CF2225
November 14, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
GANG MEMBER CONVICTED OF MURDERING TWO RIVALS AND LEAVING THIRD IN A COMA IN EXECUTION-STYLE GANG SHOOTING
*Five co-defendants have been convicted and sentenced in this case
SANTA ANA – A juvenile gang member charged as an adult was convicted today of murdering two rivals and leaving a third in a coma after an execution-style gang shooting. Prospero Guadarrama, 21, was found guilty by a jury today, Nov. 14, 2011, of two felony counts of special circumstances murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, one felony count of attempted murder, and one felony count of street terrorism. The sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious discharge of a firearm as a gang member causing death and bodily injury were found true. He faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing Dec. 16, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Five co-defendants have been convicted and sentenced in this case (see below). The defendants are all members of a Hispanic Santa Ana criminal street gang.
On Dec. 17, 2009, Guadarrama rode into a rival gang neighborhood with co-defendants Juan Roldan, Norberto Hernandez, Oiram Ayala, and Angel Garcia. Co-defendant Marco Perez was the driver. Guadarrama participated in the following, for which his co-defendants have been convicted:
The defendants were armed with two firearms and drove through Santa Ana searching for rival gang members to murder. While in a rival gang neighborhood, the defendants noticed three rivals, 14-year-old Angel Secundino, 15-year-old Gabriel Perez, and 16-year-old Fernando Garcia.
The defendants stopped the car, got out, and confronted the victims. The defendants then murdered Secundino and Gabriel Perez by shooting them execution-style in the head. Victim Garcia was shot in the stomach and was left in a coma. He survived after undergoing seven surgeries. The defendants fled the scene.
Two days earlier, three of the co-defendants were involved in another gang-related shooting. On Dec. 15, 2006, Ayala, Hernandez, and Roldan walked into a rival gang neighborhood with a firearm in search of rival gang members.