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Conviction for drive-by
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Five Turlock men believed to be part of a Norteno street gang were convicted Friday of charges related to a drive-by shooting incident, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office reported.Raymond Vance, 18, and Jorge Espindola, 22, were found guilty of discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling and Angel Hernandez, 20, Eddie Huesca, 19, and Juan Zapat, 18, were convicted of being gang members in possession of a loaded gun.The five men were arrested on May 3 after a shooting was reported in the 1300 block of Lambert Way in Turlock. According to the district attorney’s office, the men are Norteno gang members and were targeting the house of a rival gang member. Espindola was driving a Chevy Blazer in the Lambert neighborhood and Vance leaned out the passenger window and fired three to four shots from a revolver at one of the apartments. No one was hit or injured.Neighbors reported the shooting to the Turlock Police Department and additional witnesses described the same vehicle as being seen on Linwood and Lander avenues with the occupants “throwing gang signs” at passersby.Officers found the suspects at a convenience store at Linwood and Lander and conducted a high risk stop. A loaded .22 caliber handgun was found in the vehicle, according to the prosecution.Vance was sentenced to five years in state prison and Espindola received probation and 365 days in the county jail. The other three also received probation and were sentenced to 145 days in the county jail.