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Leader of Nuestra Familia sentenced to life without parole for 2006 murder in California

February 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leader of Nuestra Familia sentenced to life without parole for 2006 murder in California

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A Nuestra Familia gang leader wasn’t sitting in plainclothes Friday afternoon when Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann in Santa Cruz, California sentenced him to life behind bars without the possibility of parole for his role in the shooting death of a man nearly 11 years ago.

Oscar “Baby Joker” Cabrera, a regiment leader who helped bring organized crime to the streets of Watsonville, looked calm in his orange-and-white jumpsuit as he listened to the hearing and testimony of Jose Cabrera’s mourning family during the hearing.

Jose Cabrera told a dispatcher that the gang kingpin had shot him, as the 40-year-old mechanic bled to death in the street.

Testimony indicated during the trial that a point-blank attack occurred just before 9 pm on March 13, 2006. The suspect and the victim are not related.

The Nuestra Familia leader was apprehended in Mexico and extradited to the United States.

The Nuestra Familia shot-caller was found guilty of first-degree murder on December 1st.

Cabrera is alleged to have directed gang activities from Santa Cruz County Jail since he was arrested in Mexico back in August 2013 as he awaited his trial.

“It will be interesting to see what happens when he goes to prison. There’s discussion that he may not be in good standing (with the gang),” Assistant District Attorney Johanna Schonfield stated.

Cabrera’s criminal past stems back to his youth. Schonfield said that he committed armed robbery before he was 18 and was later convicted of another armed robbery and assault, “all of which were gang-related.”

“It was that time in prison that he became involved with Nuestra Familia,” the assistant DA continued.

The gang leader was sentenced t life without parole for the 2006 murder of Jose Cabrera (pictured)

Defense lawyer Art Dudley said he that he plans to file a notice of appeal after the sentencing.

According to the Mercury News, Cabrera’s apparent lack of remorse was outlined during testimony by family members and in Schonfield’s final words on Friday.

“He seemed cold,” she added. “In the past two years, he has shown no remorse.”

Uniformed members of the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force filled the back row of the courtroom gallery as family members remembered the man that was killed.

“This took a toll on our family,” said Rocky Keith, Joe Cabrera’s sister.

Jesse Cabrera, Joe Cabrera’s nephew, also spoke to the courtroom.

“This was a senseless act,” Jesse Cabrera said while trying to hold back tears. “He was what my mom and dad called a man’s man. A man who would walk and people would flock to him.”

Joe Cabrera lived in Watsonville and was considered a master mechanic.

Schonfield asked for the most severe punishment possible.

“He has impacted this community in a way that few other defendants have,” she continued. “He brought a level of violence and organization to this community.”

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