Member of Riverside gang given the death penalty for 2008 killing

City News Service | August 3, 2013

RIVERSIDE — A death sentence was imposed this past week on a Riverside gang member who fatally shot a father of four in a racially motivated attack outside the man’s home.

Jesse Manzo, 26, was convicted June 4 of first-degree murder and special circumstance allegations of killing in the course of committing a hate crime and killing to further the interests of a criminal street gang.

Jurors recommended the death penalty, and Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elisabeth Sichel on Friday handed down the sentence.

Manzo killed Raymond Franklin on May 2, 2008.

“This defendant ended all the contributions that Raymond could have made in this life,” Deputy District Attorney Daima Calhoun told jurors during Manzo’s penalty trial.

According to trial testimony, the defendant targeted Franklin because the victim was black and had possibly made critical remarks about the all- Hispanic East Side Riva street gang, of which Manzo is an admitted member.

The gang is a dominant presence in the area around Patterson Park, where Franklin resided.

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