Gang member sentenced to life in racially motivated killing of bowling alley worker

Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) | June 9, 2011

A 25-year-old Latino gang member convicted in the racially motivated gang murder of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.

Martin Sotelo, a member of the Canoga Park Alabama gang, was sentenced in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of James Shamp. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz also ordered Sotelo to pay $15,916 in restitution for the burial of his victim and mental health costs of the victim’s family.

A jury in April found Sotelo guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim’s race and murder in a drive-by shooting. He was the last of four defendants to face charges in the case. He was also found guilty on other allegations, including evading officers after the shooting and second-degree robbery related to a separate incident. The additional charges resulted in a sentence of 40 years to life.

Sotelo’s lawyers maintained that their client harbored no prejudice against blacks and had no intention of committing a hate killing on Dec. 22, 2008, the night of the shooting. But prosecutors said Sotelo was seeking bragging rights and trying to live up to his gang moniker, “Outlaw,” when he willfully participated in the murder.

Read more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/06/gang-member-sentenced-to-life-in-racially-motivated-killing-of-bowling-alley-worker.html

Image credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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