GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MURDERING TWO RIVALS AND LEAVING THIRD IN A COMA IN EXECUTION-STYLE GANG SHOOTING


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 08ZF0020 & 09CF2225






December 16, 2011

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GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MURDERING TWO RIVALS AND LEAVING THIRD IN A COMA IN EXECUTION-STYLE GANG SHOOTING

 

SANTA ANA – A juvenile gang member prosecuted as an adult was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for 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 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.

 

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.

 

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. The defendants found a group of rivals and the two gangs began shooting at each other. Victim Gumaro Rojas, then 47 years old, was nearby selling corn on the cob from his street vendor cart and was caught in the crossfire. Rojas, an innocent civilian, was shot in the back. The bullet penetrated his spinal cord and the victim remains paralyzed from the waist down. The defendants fled the scene.

 

Co-Defendants

Roldan, 21, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime and prosecuted as an adult, was convicted by a jury Sept. 30, 2010, of two felony counts of special circumstances murder for committing multiple murders for the benefit of a criminal street gang, one felony count of attempted murder, two felony counts of street terrorism, one felony count of assault with a firearm, and sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious discharge of a firearm as a gang member causing death and bodily injury. He was sentenced Feb. 18, 2011, to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.