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Gang member gets eight years

POSTED June 11, 2010 9:16 p.m.

An 18-year-old gang member was sentenced to eight years in state prison for his role in a drive-by shooting.

Christopher Villalobos was convicted on June 4 of shooting at a person from a motor vehicle and that the shooting was done for the benefit of the Sureno criminal street gang, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

On May 11, 2008, Villalobos, a juvenile at the time, went to an area in Modesto where he had been involved in a fist fight earlier with several individuals. As the car drove by the victim’s home, Villalobos, a passenger, fired a shotgun loaded with birdshot at the victim who was standing out in his yard, the district attorney’s office reported. After missing the intended target, Villalobos was rapidly driven away from the area.

The victim and the victim’s family were reluctant to come forward, but detectives from the Modesto Police Department were able to identify Villalobos as the shooter. Additional investigating revealed Villalobos was an active member of the Sureno criminal street gang and the victim was a member of a rival gang, the prosecution said.

Villalobos was charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the offense.

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