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Two Sureños gang members sentenced life in prison for 2013 gang-related homicides

April 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two Sureños gang members sentenced life in prison for 2013 gang-related homicides

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Two purported gang members in Monterey County, Calfornia have been sentenced to life behind bars for their roles in two gang-related slayings in the midst of a bloody rampage by Sureños gang members in 2013.

In July 2013, 29-year-old Juan “Joker” Hernandez Delgado and 21-year-old Francisco Chacala were part of a “Sureños gang crew” hunting the streets of Seaside for potential targets who they believed to be associated with the Norteños gang, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office reported.

On July 11th of that year, they fatally shot 21-year-old Erick Curiel, who had just left his girlfriend to walk down the street to see his cousin, The Californian reported.

Francisco Chacala

On July 30, 2013, they also gunned down Hugo Ricalde after he took a cab home from work.

Neither victim was a gang member at the time of their killing.

Chacala was also responsible for two other shootings, including one where a man was shot at a medical clinic in 2012, and another where a couple was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in March 2013 in Seaside.

The shootings were part of the Sureños gang purge in 2012 and 2013 after one of the members was murdered in a shootout with Norteños. Most of the gang members are now serving lengthy prison sentences.

Juan “Joker” Hernandez Delgado

Hernandez-Delgado was convicted, and Chacala pleaded guilty one week before his trial was scheduled to start.

On Thursday, Hernandez-Delgado was sentenced to 100 years to life behind bars and will not be eligible for parole until he serves 100-years.

Chacala was sentenced to 50 years to life, but since he was 16 and 17 at the time of the killings, he will eligible to have a parole hearing after serving 25 years.

At that time, a Youthful Offender Parole Board will ascertain whether he deserves release on parole or whether he should remain incarcerated.

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