Madera Gang Member Sentenced to Life for Murder Print
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Sunday, 27 May 2012 17:42

MADERA - Judge James A. Oakley sentenced Juan Carlos Amezcua, to 40 years to life in state prison for the murder of Victor Raqueno, according to Michael R. Keitz, District Attorney for Madera County.

Amezcua, 21, of Madera, was convicted by a Madera Superior Court jury on March 20th, 2012, of second degree murder and actively participating in a criminal street gang. In addition, the jury found special allegations including: murder for the benefit of a criminal
street gang, personal use of a firearm, and street terrorism.

During the jury trial, a number of witnesses testified that the murder occurred around midnight of July 29, 2008 in front of a home on Davis Street in Madera. Amezcua and Co-defendant Eucario Avalos Ruiz, 28, of Madera, were arrested several days later by the Madera Police Department. A previous rival gang shooting was the motivation for the shooting.

A separate jury empaneled to hear the case against Ruiz was unable to reach a verdict on his murder charge. However, it did convict him of participation in a criminal street gang. Ruiz’s sentencing on the gang charge and a trial setting on the pending murder charge is set for June 13th, 2012 in the Madera Superior Court.