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Federal Judge Sentences Member of Bay Area Southside Nortenos to Life in Prison For Triple Gang Murder

May 2, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal Judge Sentences Member of Bay Area Southside Nortenos to Life in Prison For Triple Gang Murder

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A federal judge in San Francisco sentenced Victor Flores, 23, of Petaluma, California, a reputed member of the 500 Block/C Street Gang of South San Francisco, to life in prison, on Friday.

The announcement announced made of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Acting Special Agent in Charge Tatum King of Homeland Security Investigations and Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of FBI.

Flores was convicted after a three-month trial spanning from April through July of 2014 before the Honorable U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.

According to the evidence presented at trial, during the evening of Dec. 22, 2010, Flores, along with fellow 500 Block/C Street gang member Joseph Ortiz, shot at seven victims who they perceived to be members of the rival Cypress Park Locos gang as the victims walked down Eighth Lane in South San Francisco.

Gonzalo Avalos, Omar Cortez and Hector Flores were killed while three of the others were wounded.

In addition, on May 3, 2012, when special agents of the Los Angeles Special Response Team of Homeland Security Investigations tried to arrest Flores at his home in Petaluma.

Flores shot at the agents with an AK-47-style assault rifle, emptying two full magazines of ammunition and wounding three agents before eventually surrendering to law enforcement.

The jury convicted Flores of racketeering murders of Avalos, Cortez, and Flores; racketeering attempted murders of the other four victims on Eighth Lane; attempted murders of three federal agents; using a firearm in furtherance of the December 22, 2010, and May 3, 2012, murders and attempted murders; conspiring to conduct the affairs of the 500 Block/C Street Gang through a pattern of racketeering; conspiring to commit murder in aid of racketeering; and conspiring to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

“Today’s sentence assures that no one else will risk being killed or maimed by an individual who has shown no regard for our laws or human life,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge King. “As we said when this defendant was arrested, ‘justice is patient and justice is resolute.’ Well today, justice was served. We owe a profound debt of gratitude to the prosecutors in this case, the FBI and the investigators with the police departments in South San Francisco and Daly City, all of whom worked tirelessly in collaboration with HSI to bring this outcome about.”

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