Robert Salonga (Contra Costa Times) | June 17, 2011
MARTINEZ -- A West Contra Costa County gang member received multiple life sentences Friday for his role in a San Pablo killing spree that targeted anyone wearing rival gang colors, even if they weren't in a gang, prosecutors said.
Judge John Kennedy sentenced Jorge Camacho, 22, to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge tacked on an additional 95 years to life for his role in a slaying that occurred while he was in custody but was tied to a murderous plan carried out after he was jailed.
Authorities say Camacho and 10 other gang members conspired to target anyone wearing red, a plan that resulted in the deaths of four people in San Pablo between 2007 and 2008.
Camacho was found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing 27-year-old electrician Luis Perez on Feb. 16, 2008, and 47-year-old Lisa Thayer, a homeless woman, on Feb. 27, 2008.
Under the conspiracy argument, Camacho was convicted of a third count of first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old chef Rico McIntosh, which happened on April 26, 2008, after Camacho was incarcerated.
DeFerrari argued each gang member was guilty, regardless of whether they were present at every killing, because the gang as a whole conspired to go on a violent rampage.
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