Azusa gang member convicted of gun charge stemming from massive anti-gang investigation
SGV Tribune | August 09, 2012
AZUSA – An Azusa gang member faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted Wednesday in federal court of being in possession of a gun, officials said.
Mauricio Pineda, 24, was jailed May 3 after he was discovered with a gun in August of 2009, as Azusa police and and federal authorities took part in a massive investigation targeting the Varrio Azusa 13 street gang dubbed, “Bright Lights, Big City.”
He fought the charge, and his case went to trial before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, which returned a guilty verdict Wednesday, Azusa police Lt. Steve Hunt said.
He faces up to 10 years in prison when he returns to court for sentencing in October, Hunt added.
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