OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF GANG MEMBER FOR ROLE IN UNPROVOKED SHOOTING-MURDER OF 47-YEAR-OLD MAN

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


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

For Immediate Release
 

 




July 6, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF GANG MEMBER FOR ROLE IN UNPROVOKED SHOOTING-MURDER OF
47-YEAR-OLD MAN

 

SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas is opposing the parole of a gang member for his role in the beating and shooting-murder of a 47-year-old man. Jose Gonzalez, 32, is currently being held at Centinela State Prison in Imperial, CA. Gonzalez was sentenced Oct. 17, 1997, to 19 years to life in state prison for one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. He is scheduled for a parole hearing tomorrow, July 7, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations. Orange County Deputy District Attorney Susan Eckermann will appear to oppose the parole of Gonzalez.

 

Facts of the Crime

On Feb. 16, 1996, Gonzalez, then-17 years old, and several fellow gang members were consuming alcohol at a house on East Grace Street in La Habra. Victim Robert Holguin, 47, knew the defendant from the neighborhood and joined them for drinks. The victim, who was not a gang member, became severely intoxicated. During the gathering inside the home, Holguin was punched in the face by one of the gang members after remarking that a female relative was dating a member of a rival gang.

 

Later that night, Gonzalez was outside of the home with his fellow gang members and Holguin. The inmate and his co-defendants began assaulting the victim by repeatedly hitting him and kicking him as he lay on the ground. The gang members then dragged the victim to the corner and left him on the street moaning and unable to move.

 

Gonzalez and his fellow gang members got into a vehicle and drove away. A few minutes later they returned to where they had left the victim, who was still lying on the ground. The inmate and his co-defendants got out of their vehicle, surrounded the suffering victim, and then one of the gang members shot Holguin multiple times with a firearm. The defendants fled the scene.

 

During the murder investigation, an examination of the body revealed that the victim had 29 entry or exit wounds and the asphalt around the body was riddled with pock marks and shell casings. Gonzalez and his codefendants were later arrested by the La Habra Police Department. Gonzalez was convicted June 18, 1997, and was sentenced Oct. 17, 1997.

 

Lack of Rehabilitation and Unreasonable Risk of Danger

The People explain in a 2011 parole opposition letter that “the commitment offense is calculated, callous, and excessively violent as well as completely unjustified.” The letter continues that “a person with this kind of mob mentality violence…prior arrests, violations of probation, absconding from probation, criminal associates, and institutional violence and misconduct is not someone we should send out into society and expect to live a peaceful life.”